Landslide kills six in India

Dhaka,  Fri,  18 August 2017
Published : 13 Aug 2017, 13:44:18
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Six dead, dozens missing, in Indian landslide

Indian landslide that occurred in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. (HT Photo)

At least six people have been killed and dozens more are missing after a massive landslide swept two buses off a hillside into a deep gorge at Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh of India, an official said.

The landslide occurred early Sunday and also damaged the Mandi-Pathankot national highway 154 at Kotrupi village of Padhar in Mandi district.

A bus and other vehicles are feared trapped in the debris. Five injured persons were taken to a hospital. 

Six bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide.

Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said the possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out, reports Hindustan Times.

 “The army and NDRF have been called while police, home guard and fire services have already been deployed in the rescue and relief operation,” Kadam said.

Landslides are common in India, especially during monsoon months when heavy rain loosens steep hillsides.

At least five people were killed last month in a mudslide in remote Arunachal Pradesh state along the border with China.
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