Three bodies were recovered from the Kinnaur landslide site in Himachal Pradesh, bringing the death toll to 17, while two people were injured on Friday after rocks fallen from a mountainside hit their bus near the area, one said. high official.
The search and rescue operation had to be suspended for several hours on Friday as boulders fell between the landslides near the district’s Chaura village, Kinnaur’s deputy commissioner Abid Hussain Sadiq said.
Sudesh Kumar Mokhta, the state’s emergency response director, said rocks falling from a mountainside hit an HRTC bus, which crossed the site around 4:40 p.m. Friday, injuring a woman and a boy. The bus was on its way to Reckong Peo from Mandi, he added.
On Wednesday, a major landslide was reported from Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, burying several vehicles, including a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus carrying more than 40 passengers, under the rubble.
Mr Mokhta said search and rescue operations, which had been suspended on Thursday evening, resumed around 5:30 a.m. Friday. A Bolero and its passengers feared to be buried under the rubble have so far not been traced, he said, adding that it could be possible that the vehicle rolled down with the rubble.
The rescue operation is being conducted jointly by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and members of the local police and house guards.
On the day of the incident, 10 bodies were recovered and 13 people rescued. Earlier on Wednesday, eight bodies were found trapped in a Tata Sumo taxi during the search and rescue operation.
Two cars were also found in damaged condition on Wednesday, but no one was found in them.
Earlier on Thursday, four bodies were found at the site of the landslide.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had informed the state assembly after visiting the site on Thursday that 16 people were still missing.
An HRTC bus, which was buried under the rubble along with other vehicles, was found in badly damaged condition on Thursday.
On Friday, after three more bodies were recovered, at least 13 people are still missing, officials said.
A truck was also found that had rolled into a river due to rocks falling from a mountainside and the driver’s body was recovered.
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