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Mandi landslide: Death toll rises to 46, rescue operations underway

Mandi Landslide

Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Aug 13: The death toll in the devastating landslide that hit Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi has risen to 46 and around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the incident.

Confirming the development, Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali said that around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the incident. Rescue operation has been underway since 2 am, he said and added.

mandi landslide

According to eyewitnesses, the two buses were stationed at a kiosk located on the highway for refreshments when the disaster occurred.

One of the buses was on its way from Chamba to Manali and the other from Manali to Katra.

The bus from Chamba to Manali was carrying the maximum number of passengers.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam had confirmed the death of two people and stated “three vehicles were stranded after the landslide. A bus had also rolled down to nearly 800 meters from the National Highway and four people have been rescued from the debris”.

“The rain has hampered the rescue operation which is making it tough for the police and home guard,” Kadam added.

The administration has called Army and NDRF teams for rescue operation as many people are still buried under debris. Mandi deputy commissioner along with officials from administration and police is also camping at the spot.

State Revenue Minister Kaul Singh announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of those killed.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal rushed to the spot.

Meanwhile, National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut was closed for travelling passengers due to the threat of landslides.

WeForNews Bureau

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