Shimla: At least ten passengers have been confirmed dead and several are still missing in a massive landslide in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, which saw two buses getting buried under a barrage of loose earth. The rescue operations, which had to be stopped due to repeated landslides in the area, have started again. Indian Army personnel and members of the NDRF have been called for fast execution of the rescue operations. Eight bodies have been recovered, including the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot Chanden Sharma and Satpal, respectively. "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district".
Another state roadways bus, which was on its way from Manali to Katra, was also hit by the landslide debris. Similar deforestation and environmental damage have caused floods and landslides in other parts of India.
One of the buses was travelling to Chamba from Manali while the other was travelling to Katra in Jammu from Manali when the landslide occurred.
The incident happened near Mandi-Pathankot highway on Saturday night.
Rescue operations at accident site. "We are not sure how many people were in this bus", he told AFP.
The Mandi district administration received the information about the incidents around 12.35am and the rescue operation team was rushed to the spot.
In another landslide reported on Saturday at Dwara on Chandigarh-Manali highway, two people were injured when the debris fell on a moving auto.