Himachal Pradesh landslide: Army launches rescue operations

Over 50 passengers were travelling in the state roadways buses along the Mandi-Pathankot national highway when they were hit by the landslide near Padhar last night, officials said.

Published: 13th August 2017 10:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2017 10:20 PM   |  A+A-

Rescue and relief works being carried out on Sunday after two buses and some other vehicles were swept away by a massive landslide at Kotrupi in Mandi district on Saturday night. | PTI

By PTI

JAMMU: The Army today said it has launched a search and rescue operation in Himachal Pradesh's Kotrupi village, where two buses were hit by a massive landslide triggered by a cloudburst, killing at least 34 people.

"Two columns of the Army from the Dah Division began rescue operations," a defence spokesman told PTI here.

Over 50 passengers were travelling in the state roadways buses along the Mandi-Pathankot national highway when they were hit by the landslide near Padhar last night, officials said.

Thirty-four bodies have been recovered so far, they said, adding that the toll was likely to rise as more people are feared trapped under the debris.

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