New Delhi, August 13: Over Fifteen people were confirmed killed and several feared trapped as a massive landslide hit Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. As per reports, the landslide occurred around midnight and damaged the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway 154 as well.
As per latest reports, two buses are feared to have been washed away in the landslide. With this authorities fear the death toll might cross 50. As per a Times of India report, one of the bus was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali, while the other was on its way to Chamba from Manali.
Initial reports claimed several vehicles, including a bus is feared trapped in the debris on NH 154 at Kotrupi village of Padhar in the district. The injured persons were taken to a hospital. According to Hindustan Times, rescue operations were affected by rains. Indian Army personnel and members of the NDRF have been called for fast execution of the rescue operations.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that he is on his way to Mandi to over see the rescue operations. He also informed that Army and NDRF has been informed. He assured the people that immediate relief will be provided.
Apart from the locals, the police, fire services and home guard personnel were already on the spot carrying on the rescue operations. Hindustan Times quoted Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam who said that ‘possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out.’
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also tweeted his condolences for those who lost their lives in the disaster.
As per reports, National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut has also been closed for traffic due to landslide threats.