At least seven persons were killed and over two dozen missing in a massive landslide that buried homes, two buses and some vehicles in Himachal Pradesh'sMandi district early on Sunday, officials said. Eight bodies have been recovered, including the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot Chanden Sharma and Satpal, respectively.
Mandi's deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said that the Indian Army and the National Disaster Response Force have been called in to help out the local police in the rescue operations.
Following the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated: "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district".
One of the state roadways bus was hit by the landslide debris and skidded off the road, falling down by nearly a kilometre.
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A stretch of the National Highway 21, that passes through Mandi, has been closed fearing more landslides. He will visit the accident site and review the situation.
"The landslide debris fell on two moving state transport buses". "Rescue operations is on since 2:00 am and I am in constant touch with the authorities", he said in a Facebook post. While one bus was on its way to Chamba from Manali, another was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali. "We are not sure how many people were in this bus", he told AFP.