Mandi landslide: Death toll rises to five

Officials carry out rescue work after the landslide in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday morning

Shimla: In a massive landslide that occurred in Mandi district of the state on Sunday, at least seven people were killed and over two dozen reported missing.

One of the buses was on its way to Chamba from Manali, while the other one was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali.

The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

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So far, eight bodies have been recovered from the debris.

Himachal Pradesh transport minister G S Bali confirmed the tragedy saying one bus was going to Chamba while another to Katra from Manali when the incident took place.

A search and rescue operation is on involving local authorities, the Army and the National Disaster Response Force. People present on the spot said the rescue operation was affected by rains. The landslide happened on the national highway that connects Manali and Mandi, shortly after midnight.

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Deputy commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam told ANI: "Three vehicles were stranded after the landslide".

In another landslide reported on Saturday at Dwara on Chandigarh-Manali highway, two people were injured when the debris fell on a moving vehicle.

The six persons have been identified as Beauty Sharma from Bihar, Shubham from Pathankot in Punjab, and Sachvetra Devi from Rampur, Manju from Karsog, Aneeta from Kullu, and Rakesh Kumar from Dharamsala - in Himachal Pradesh.

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