Himachal Pradesh landslide: Six killed, rescue operations underway

Following the incident, the National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut has been closed due to the threat of landslides.

Six bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide.

The landslide hit Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi on Saturday where four people were rescued from the debris.

The bus from Chamba to Manali, carrying the maximum number of passengers, is yet to be retrieved from a mound of mud and boulders.

At least a dozen small vehicles are also trapped. “A bus had also rolled down to almost 800 meters from the National Highway, and four people have been rescued from the debris”, Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam told ANI. People present on the spot said the rescue operation was affected by rains.

While one bus was on its way to Chamba district from the resort town of Manali, another was on its way to Katra in the neighboring state of Jammu and Kashmir from Manali. It is not known how many passengers were in the bus which is under the debris. “Efforts are on to rescue the trapped passengers”, DIG, Northern Range, Ajay Kumar Yadav said.

According to an official, the landslide occurred around midnight on the Mandi-Pathankot national highway burying two Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses. The local administration has warned of more landslides on the Chandigarh-Manali highway.