2 dead in Himachal Pradesh landslide, 25-30 missing and vehicles trapped

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By: Debalina Ghosh

Last Update: 2021-08-11 17:38:15 IST

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2 dead in Himachal Pradesh landslide, 25-30 missing and vehicles trapped Kinnaur-landslide: a state-bus with 40 on board reported, a truck and a few cars were trapped after the landslide blocked the Reckong Peo-Shimla highway

2 dead in Himachal Pradesh landslide, 25-30 missing and vehicles trapped

Kinnaur-landslide: a state-bus with 40 on board reported, a truck and a few cars were trapped after the landslide blocked the Reckong Peo-Shimla highway

Two persons have died and around 30 are missing after a landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur. The landslide that happened this afternoon left several vehicles buried under debris.

A state-run bus, a truck, and few cars were trapped after the landslide blocked the Reckong Peo-Shimla highway. The bus which was travelling to Shimla was reportedly had 40 people on board.

According to an officer on site, some 25-30 people are trapped or buried under the debris. Ten people have been rescued and are in hospital.

A video released in social media showed boulders and rocks rolling down the hillside with a roar before crushing into vehicles on the highway. Around 200 troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were sent for rescue efforts.

Vivek Pandey, an ITBP spokesman said to the news agencies, “We expect the rescue operations to continue through the night, if not longer.” He also added “The area is currently very dangerous.”

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told the reporters that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had also been called in for the rescue efforts.

Mr. Thakur said, “I’ve decided the police and the local administration to carry out rescue operations. We have received information that one bus and a car could have been hit. We are waiting for detailed information.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Mr. Thakur and assured him of all possible help, according to the government.

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