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At least 10 dead, 60 missing in landslide at Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district

In this photo released Indo-Tibetan Border Police shows the wreckage caused by a landslide at the Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway in Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh on August 11, 2021. Photo: ITBP via AFP  

At least 10 people died after some vehicles, including a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus with at least 28 passengers on board, were badly hit by boulders and mud following a major landslide on National Highway 5 at Nigulsari in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.

The landslide occurred at around 12.30 p.m., close to Nigulsari village. The bus is feared to have rolled several feet down the gorge towards the Sutlej river. The bus was on its way from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, according to officials.

 

“We have recovered one damaged car, no one was found inside the car. The HRTC bus and a utility vehicle (a Bolero) and their passengers have not been found under the debris. They are still untraceable. It is possible that both vehicles have rolled down with the debris,” Director, State Disaster Management Force, Sudesh Kumar Mokhta, told The Hindu.

An official government statement said that, so far, ten dead bodies, including that of one child and five women, have been recovered. Thirteen people have been rescued, and about 60 are feared to be buried under the debris, the statement added. Teams from the Army, the National Disaster Response Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Central Industrial Security Force, police and district administration, reached the incident site for rescue operations.

Deputy Commissioner (Kinnaur) Abid Hussain Sadiq said the rescue operation was underway and would take a while. “Drone images show that debris is around 10-15 feet high and spread across 50-100 meters. And hence the rescue operation will take some time. The conductor who was rescued from the bus has stated that 28 people were inside the bus. It looks like that the operation will continue through the night,” Mr. Sadiq said.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said rescue and relief operations were in progress on a war footing. “A few persons, including the bus driver and conductor, have been rescued, and efforts are on to evacuate the remaining people buried under the debris. Arrangements have been made for providing medical treatment to the injured and the district administration had been directed to provide all possible help to the injured,” he said.


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