About 30 passengers travelling in two Himachal roadway buses feared killed in massive landslide on Mandi-Pathankot, a PTI alert said.
"Around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the landslide", Himachal Pradesh's Transport Minister G.S. Bali told the media.
Commenting on the incident, Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said the possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out. Teams from the Army and the National Disaster Response Force have been called in and have been working on rescuing those still trapped since 2 am on Sunday, he said. Five people have been rescued, an official said.
So far eight bodies have been recovered which included the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot bus Chanden Sharma and Satpal.
One of the buses was on its way from Chamba to Manali and the other from Manali to Katra.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi prayed for the quick recovery of those injured.
According to eyewitnesses, the two buses were stationed at a kiosk located on the highway for refreshments when the disaster occurred. It swept away the buses 800 metres down into a gorge and buried one of the buses completely.
Rescue operations at accident site.
Earlier in the day, seven people were reported killed after three vehicles hit by a landslide at same road near Padhar in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi.
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