Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

PM condoles loss of lives in Himachal landslide

Authorities inspect the site of tragedy Authorities inspect the site of tragedy
Preston Stone | 13 August, 2017, 14:15

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.

Rescue operations are reported to be now underway in the region, as the number of injured victims may increase. Eight bodies have been recovered, including the driver and the conductor of Chamba depot Chanden Sharma and Satpal, respectively.

He said that a search and rescue operation is on involving local authorities and the Indian Army.

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

Following the incident, the National Highway 21 from Mandi to Aut has been closed due to the threat of landslides.

Gold buoyed by North Korea tensions, United States inflation data
US crude (CLc1) was unchanged at $48.59 per barrel and Brent (LCOc1) was last at $51.84, down 1.63 percent on the day. Ongoing global glut concerns lingered in oil markets despite a bigger-than-expected draw in USA crude inventories.

One of the state roadways bus was hit by the landslide debris and skidded off the road, falling down by nearly a kilometre.

Himachal Transport Minister GS Bali said that at least 50 are feared to have washed away.

Mandi Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam told reporters that the death toll is likely to increase.

One of the buses was carrying 47 passengers from Chamba to Mandi while the second bus, was carrying about 8-10 passengers from Katra to Manali when the accident occurred.

Officials who are supervising the rescue operation said that it is a tough task for the rescue teams because the whole area has been covered with several feet of mud and big boulders.

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