The death toll in the landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district touched 20 as three more bodies were recovered on the fourth day of the search and rescue operations, state disaster management director Sudesh Kumar Mokhta said Saturday.
Notably, the three bodies were recovered from the rubble at Chaura village on national highway number five in Nichar tehsil. The search and rescue operation had to be stopped on Friday night, but was resumed on Saturday morning. The rescue operation is being carried out jointly by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and members of local police and home guards.
At least 10 people missing
Still, 10 persons are missing and the search and a rescue operation for them is going on, Mukhta added. An SUV and its passengers feared buried under the rubble could not be traced so far, he said, adding that it might be possible that the vehicle rolled down with the debris.
Also, due to the continuous falling of the shooting stones at the sliding point, the district administration has restricted the movement of vehicles from the point from 9 pm to 9 am. The move has been taken to ensure the safety of people and the station house officer of Bhabanagar police station has been asked to depute police personnel for the same.
A major landslide was reported in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. According to Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials, a truck, an HRTC bus and a few vehicles reportedly came under the rubble. Teams of ITBP were rushed to the spot for rescue.
“A landslide reported on Reckong Peo- Shimla Highway in #Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh today at around 12.45 Hrs. One truck, a HRTC Bus and few vehicles reported came under the rubble. Many people reported trapped. ITBP teams rushed for rescue. More details awaited,” ITBP had said in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon.
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