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Sunday, August 13, 2017, 19:27
Landslide: 50 feared dead as 2 buses swept away in India
By Xinhua
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 19:27 By Xinhua

Indian army soldiers and rescue personnel look for survivors at the side of a landslide along a highway roughly 220 kilometers from Himachal Pradesh state capital Shimla, Aug 12, 2017. (PHOTO / AFP)

NEW DELHI – At least 50 people are feared dead after two buses were swept away during a massive landslide Sunday in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

The incident happened on the Mandi-Pathankot national highway in Kotroopi area of the state's Mandi district, some 220 kilometers from state capital Shimla, early Sunday.

"Around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the landslide," Himachal Pradesh's Transport Minister GS Bali told the media.

While one bus was on its way to Chamba district from the resort town of Manali, another was on its way to Katra in the neighboring state of Jammu and Kashmir from Manali.

Local TV channels reported that the two buses were stationed at a roadside eatery located on the highway for refreshments when the disaster occurred.

Mandi's deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said that the Indian Army and the National Disaster Response Force have been called in to help out the local police in the rescue operations. 

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