Dozens Trapped In Bus After Landslide Buries 30 Vehicles And Kills 2

A landslide in northern India has reportedly killed two people and buried up to 30 vehicles with dozens still trapped in a bus.

A lorry and a public bus are among the vehicles buried under rubble in the district of Kinnaur in the northern Indian province of Himachal Pradesh at around 12pm today.

According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), two people have been confirmed as dead while around 30 others are feared to be buried under rubble following the landslide.

The landslip affected the Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway, burying a bus, a lorry, and up to 30 other vehicles.

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One dead and reportedly 40 buried under the debris after the major landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district in India on 11 August 2021

Around 40 people were reportedly travelling on the bus that was making its way to the city of Shimla.

Ten people including the driver have already been rescued as emergency teams work to free the rest.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) teams were dispatched to the scene to assist with the rescue operation.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur confirmed that India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will also take part in the ongoing rescue operation.

He said: “I’ve directed the police and the local administration to carry out rescue operations. NDRF has also been put on alert. We have received information that one bus and a car could have been hit. We are waiting for detailed information.”

The landslide occurred after days of incessant rain and other landslips have been reported in the state over the past month.

In July, nine tourists died after boulders tumbled onto their vehicles in the same district of Kinnaur.

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