At least six dead, dozens missing in Indian landslide

Himachal Pradesh Seven people killed after landslide hits Mandi

The impact of the landslide was such that around 200 metres stretch of the NH was completely swept away 700-800 metres downhill. One body was of a biker identified as Sunny Kumar of Jogindernagar in Mandi district. An official said the death toll could rise as the search for survivors continues.

Bali said that two Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses - both from Manali - were trapped under boulders.

One of the buses was going from Chamba to Manali and the other from Manali to Katra.

As per the reports, eight passengers were travelling in Manali-Katra bus out of which five were killed while three other sustained injuries and were rescued during the operation.

Rescue operations were halted Sunday night with authorities anxious about more mudslides on the Mandi-Pathankot highway, where the tradegy occured on the intervening night between Saturday and Sunday. He directed the administration to assess the loss of life and property for early reimbursement of the compensation.

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The state government has also announced financial assistance of US$ 8,000 to the next of kin of the deceased.

Governor Acharya Devvrat also expressed grief.

Army and NDRF teams rushed to the rescue, with more than 100 Army personnel of 9 Grenadier reaching the site from Palampur.

"Suddenly, an entire hillside collapsed on the buses on Mandi-Pathankot National Highway near Kotrupi in which over 50 persons got buried under the debris", Kadam told The Statesman.

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. "My condolences with the families of the deceased", PM Modi tweeted.

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