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Landslide in Himachal, at least seven dead

13 August 2017

At least 50 people are feared dead after two Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses washed away in a massive landslide in Kotroopi area of Mandi district on Thursday.

"The rain has hampered the rescue operations which is making it tough for the police and home guard", he added.

Following the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated: "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district".

The tragedy struck at 12.15 am today in Kotrupi village in Padhar sub-division of Mandi district.

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At least a dozen small vehicles are also trapped. Similar deforestation and environmental damage have caused floods and landslides in other parts of India. Some families said they lost their cattle in the landslide. One of the buses was going from Manali to Katra and another from Manali to Chamba.

As per reports, National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut has also been closed for traffic due to landslide threats. He will visit the accident site and review the situation.

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. It is not known how many passengers were in the bus which is under the debris.

Rescue teams reached the scene but struggled in the dark and steep terrain, with the army later joining the search. The local administration has warned of more landslides on the Chandigarh-Manali highway.

Landslide in Himachal, at least seven dead