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Kinnaur landslide: Four bodies recovered, 25 still missing Himachal Pradesh Landslide
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Kinnaur landslide: Four bodies recovered, 25 still missing

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 11 Aug 2021, 06:02 pm

Shimla: At least four people died as a landslide hit Negalsari near Bhavnagar area at the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway here on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police tweeted: "4 dead bodies retrieved and 7 injured rescued by ITBP from the landslide zone on Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway near Nugulsari, District- #Kinnaur, HP today. 17th, 43rd and 19th Battalion ITBP are conducting the rescue."

Twenty-five people are feared to be trapped under debris.

At least five vehicles, including a truck and a bus, are totally damaged and lay beneath the debris of the landslide, Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur Abid Husan Sadik said.

As many as 10 people, including the driver of the bus, have been rescued and admitted to civil health center Bhawanagar, Sadik said.

Rescue operation is currently going on to find those missing.

The bus belongs to Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation and was en-route Murang-Haridwar.

The National Disaster Response Team, State Administration Response (SAR), Indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP) and local police were called but it took time to begin the rescue the operations as the shooting stones and boulders kept slipping on the road between Bhavnagar- Negualseri in Kinnaur district about 130 km from here.

As per the visuals from the site, the truck is completely destroyed and lay overturned, indicating the intensity of the landslide.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has ordered the officials to undertake the rescue operations quickly and provide proper medical treatment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have spoken to Thakur and assured all possible help.

(With UNI inputs)