At least 6 killed, many houses and vehicles damaged in Himachal landslide

Himachal At least five killed in landslide in Mandi district many more feared dead

A stretch of the National Highway 21, that passes through Mandi, has been closed fearing more landslides.

To further intensify the rescue and relief operations, the National Disaster Response Force has been summoned, said the official adding that at least five people have been rescued so far in the ongoing operations.

Six bodies were recovered from the site of the landslide. "My condolences with the families of the deceased", Modi tweeted.

The Army and NDRF teams have reached the spot and started rescue operation along with the police, administration and local people.

The landslide happened at Kotrupi, 220 kilometres from Shimla.

"The other bus has been swept away, 800 metres down the steep hillside". As per a Times of India report, one of the bus was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali, while the other was on its way to Chamba from Manali.

At least 44 passengers died after a bus carrying them turned turtle and fell into River Tons in Himachal Pradesh's Gumma on Wednesday. Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister GS Bali the number of those feared dead could be as high as 50.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed with him the flood situation in the State where almost 320 NDRF personnel have been rushed.

Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam told reporters that the death toll was likely to increase.

It was not immediately clear how many people were travelling in the buses, Kadam said.

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