30 feared dead as landslide sweeps away 2 buses in Himachal Pradesh

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At least six people have been killed and dozens more are missing after a massive landslide swept two buses off a hillside into a deep gorge in mountainous northern India, an official said today. Five people have been rescued, an official said.

So far, 10 bodies have been recovered from the debris.

Following the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated: "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district".

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday offered condolence to the families of the deceased in the Mandi landslide and requested the Himachal Pradesh Government to provide every possible aid.

According to eyewitnesses, the two buses were stationed at a kiosk located on the highway for refreshments when the disaster occurred.

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The bus from Chamba to Manali was carrying the maximum number of passengers. Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister GS Bali the number of those feared dead could be as high as 50.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh left from Shimla by road as bad weather did not permit him to take the aerial route to Mandi.

One of the buses was travelling to Chamba from Manali while the other was travelling to Katra in Jammu from Manali when the landslide occurred.

Commenting on the incident, Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said the possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out. "The relief announcement will be done by the Government as per the schedule", Singh told ANI.

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