Himachal: Two killed, four rescued after landslide hits Mandi

Officials carry out rescue work after the landslide in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday morning

About 50 persons are feared dead after two buses swept away in a massive landslide in Himachal Pradesh's Kotroopi area of Mandi district today, Times of India has reported.

One of the buses was travelling to Chamba from Manali while the other was travelling to Katra in Jammu from Manali when the landslide occurred. The incident happened near Mandi-Pathankot highway late last night.

The Army and NDRF teams have reached the spot and started rescue operation along with the police, administration and local people.

Six bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolence.

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According to witnesses, the two buses were stationed at a kiosk on the highway for refreshments when the incident took place.

The landslide swept away the road and the buses for nearly 800 metres down into a gorge and there was no trace of one of the buses which was completely buried under the debris so far.

The bus from Chamba to Manali, carrying the maximum number of passengers, is yet to be retrieved from a mound of mud and boulders.

"Around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the landslide", Himachal Pradesh's Transport Minister G.S. Bali told the media. People present on the spot said the rescue operation was affected by rains. "A bus had also rolled down to almost 800 m from the National Highway and four people have been rescued from the debris". "Immediate relief will be provided", Mr Singh said.

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