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50 feared dead in major landslide in Himachal Pradesh

Around 50 people are feared dead in a major landslide that occurred today in Himachal Pradesh. Rescue teams have so far recovered 12 bodies and are searching for other bodies. It is being said that at least two buses and some other vehicles had gotten completely trapped under the landslide. The incident occurred at Kotrupi along Pathankot-Mandi National Highway. The two buses had stopped for refreshments when the landslide occurred. First, a boulder came lose, hitting the Katra-bound bus. This was followed by a full-fledged landslide that rolled down the bus around 200 meters down the valley. The other bus was washed out even further, around 2 km into the valley. The second bus was full of passengers and since it has fallen deep into the valley, it is still to be traced by rescue teams.

Around 250 meters of the stretch of the road has been entirely washed away by the landslide. Due to this, the Mandi-Joginder Nagar road is no longer functional for vehicular traffic. The government has made plans to divert vehicles towards alternate routes. Teams from the Army and NDRF are working together in search and rescue operations. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister has already visited the spot and has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of those killed in the tragic incident. Heavy rains in the area are said to have triggered the landslide in Himachal Pradesh.

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