Saturday, September 16th, 2017 22:47:56

Himachal Pradesh Landslide Kills 45, Rescue Operations to Resume Today

Himachal Pradesh Landslide Kills 45, Rescue Operations to Resume TodaySocial


A natural calamity in Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi–Pathankot national highway today, killed near about 45 people and injuring several others out of which 25 bodies have been identified according to the sources. The toll could rise further as over 50 passengers were travelling in the two buses hit by the landslide, which was triggered by a massive landslide.

Apart from the 200-metre stretch of the Mandi-Pathankot highway, the landslide that took place around 1.15am at Kotrupi village washed away two buses of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), two cars and a motorcycle. Five houses were also damaged. Sources say that the two buses had halted for refreshments, where the Katra-bound bus was first hit by a big boulder, then the landslide. The bus rolled down 200 metres into a gorge.

Its mangled remains were later retrieved by rescue teams. Rescue operations were suspended late Sunday evening as there were apprehensions of more landslides, he said. The rescue work would resume tomorrow.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh visited the spot and seeing the clamity, said the state government would bear medical expenses of the injured. He also met the bereaved family members and expressed condolences. Health minister Kaul Singh Thakur announced financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the deaths “Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP’s Mandi district. My condolences with the families of the deceased,” Modi tweeted. I pray for the quick recovery of those injured, he added.


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