At least 27 die in Himachal landslide, toll likely to rise

SHIMLA: A massive landslide buried two Himachal Pradesh roadways buses, killing at least twenty seven persons and injuring several others at Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi–Pathankot national highway, officials said.

The toll was set to rise as over 50 passengers were travelling in the two buses hit by the landslide which was triggered by a cloud burst, they said.

“Twenty seven bodies have been recovered, and of these thirteen have been identified,” an official said.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the police were rushed and heavy earth-moving machinery deployed at the gorge where the two buses lay buried under a heap of debris. (AGENC IES)



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