Himachal Pradesh: Seven people killed after landslide hits Mandi

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About 30 passengers travelling in two Himachal roadway buses feared killed in massive landslide on Mandi-Pathankot, a PTI alert said.

One of the buses was on its way to Chamba from Manali, while the other one was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali. Five injured persons were taken to a hospital.

Six bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide.

Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali said that around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the incident, following which a rescue operation was launched. "A bus had also rolled down to almost 800 meters from the National Highway, and four people have been rescued from the debris", Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam told ANI.

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The army along with the local authorities and the National Disaster Response Force are carrying out a search and rescue operation.

The incident happened around 12.35 am. Earlier 45 bus passengers were buried in a landslide near Matiyana in Shimla district in 1988 and 42 passengers were buried in another mishap at Luggar Hati in Kullu district in 1994.

"I pray for the quick recovery of those injured in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh".

Mandi Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam told reporters that the death toll is likely to increase. He also said that the rescue operations is going on war footing.

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