Himachal Pradesh landslide: Death toll reaches 46

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Himachal Pradesh landslide: Death toll reaches 46

About one dozen injured have been rushed to the Mandi hospital.

As per the last reports, another bus that rolled down into the gorge was still not traceable and all out efforts were on to remove the debris to locate the buried passengers. So far eight bodies have been recovered which included the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot bus Chanden Sharma and Satpal. One body was of a biker identified as Sunny Kumar of Jogindernagar in Mandi district.

The five persons who survived were on the Manali-Katra bus. The Manali-bound bus was packed to capacity.

The Army and NDRF teams have started rescue operation.

Rescue work, suspended Sunday night, will resume today morning. In a large-scale search operation by the district administration, which later also called in the Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 46 bodies were recovered by late evening on Sunday.

The state government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, along with Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Transport Minister G S Bali and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma, visited the accident spot.

The landslide which is suspected to be caused by a cloudburst also swept away houses and many other vehicles including a auto and a jeep besides around 250 meters stretch of Pathankot-Mandi national highway. The authorities have diverted the traffic from both sides of the National Highway.

Following are the top stories of the northern region at 1900 hrs: DEL15 PM-LANDSLIDE New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoles the deaths that occurred due to a landslide in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district.

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