Dozens buried under debris in Himachal Pradesh landslide, 10 bodies recovered


Dozens of people are reported to be buried under the debris of another major landslide in Himachal Pradesh. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have spoken to the Himachal Pradesh chief minister.

A tweet by the ITBP, A landslide reported on Reckong Peo- Shimla Highway in #Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh today at around 12.45 Hrs. One truck, a HRTC Bus and few vehicles reported came under the rubble. Many people reported trapped. ITBP teams rushed for rescue.”

The ITBP said that a total of 10 bodies had been recovered from the landslide site in the Nugulsari area of Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur, adding that 14 people were also rescued so far.

A tweet by the Prime Minister’s Office read, “PM @narendramodi spoke to Himachal Pradesh CM @jairamthakurbjp regarding the situation in the wake of the landslide in Kinnaur. PM assured all possible support in the ongoing rescue operations.”

Amit Shah also tweeted saying that he had spoken to the Himachal CM and the Director-General of the ITBP.

Correspondents say that a bus full of passengers and a few other vehicles were trapped under debris following today’s landslides.

Himachal CM Jairam Thakur, according to news agency ANI, said that teams of the Indian Army, the ITBP, the NDRF and police had rushed to the spot for the rescue operation. “Sliding and shooting stones are continuing. The rescue teams are trying to start the rescue operation,” Thakur said.

Last month, nine people were killed and three others were injured in multiple landslides in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district as the camera captured the landslide that also destroyed a bridge connecting Sangla and Chitkul with the rest of India.