Massive landslide in the state of Himachal Pradesh has wreaked havoc over the region resulting in the loss of lives of many. Due to the massive landslide in Kotroopi area of Mandi district during the early morning hours of Sunday, two Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses were washed away wherein at least 50 people have been reported to have been killed.
Out of the two, one of the buses was travelling from Manali to Chamba while the other one was also travelling from Manali to the Katra region in Jammu. Since about 2 am, rescue operations have been underway. The busy national highway has been blocked with around 250 meters-wide debris.
Until now, 12 bodies have been found as the Army and NDRF teams are also helping out in rescue operation. Even now, many people are still buried under debris.
Due to frequent landslides in the hilly region of Himachal Pradesh during these Monsoon months, it becomes less advisable to take a road trip in these highways of Himachal Pradesh. Areas including Chandigarh-Manali National and the Chandigarh-Shimla highway are areas which should usually be avoided during this period.
During the next 24 hours also, some rainfall activity is expected to continue over these areas of Himachal Pradesh making weekend travel over these regions a bad idea for now.
The army along with the local authorities and the National Disaster Response Force are carrying out a search and rescue operation. The police said five people have been rescued and taken to a hospital in Mandi. The bodies of the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot Chanden Sharma and Satpal, respectively, have been found.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolence. “Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP’s Mandi district. My condolences with the families of the deceased,” PM Modi tweeted.
Team of @NDRFHQ is going to Mandi to take part in the rescue and relief operations and provide all possible assistance required.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2017
My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in Mandi.Request Himachal govt. & local Congress units to provide all possible help
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 13, 2017
The landslide happened at Kotrupi, 220 kilometres from Shimla. The police said the two buses were parked on the highway while the passengers were out for snacks just before the landslide happened. It swept away the buses 800 metres down into a gorge and buried one of the buses completely.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh visited the landslide spot and took stock of the situation. He also announced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for next of kin of the deceased. As per a report by news agency ANI, presently two search and rescue teams of NDRF are operational in Mandi.
The chief minister also met the victims’ families and assured all possible to them and announced that the government would bear expenses of treatment of injured passengers, said DPRO, Shimla.
Here is the video after landslide :