46 people have been killed after a major landslide triggered by a cloudburst hit two buses on Mandi-Pathankot National Highway last night. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the deaths. As the number of people are still missing, the rescue operation is going on.
A team of NDRF was dispatched for rescue and relief operations and provide all possible assistance required, the PMO had told in the morning.
“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 in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh,” he added.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh too took to the social media and said “Immediate relief will be provided”.
Local authorities, aided by the army along with the NDRF are carrying out a search and rescue operation.
According to the police, both the buses were parked on the highway while the passengers were out for snacks just before the landslide happened. Such was the intensity of landslide that it swept away the buses down into a gorge. One bus has been buried completely.
One of the buses was going from Chamba to Manali, while the other one was headed to Katra from Manali. DGP Himachal Pradesh Police Somesh Goyal said eight passengers were onboard the Manali-Katra bus while 47 passengers were in Chamba-Manali bus.