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10 killed, 30 missing in second Himachal Pradesh landslide in a fortnight | India News

SHIMALA/MANALI: A second major landslide in Himachal Pradesh in just over 15 days left 10 people dead, including a child and five women, and 13 others injured on Wednesday.
The massive landslide between Chaura and Nigulsari, along NH-5 in Kinnaur district, occurred at about 12.30 pm. The death toll is likely to increase as around 50 people were feared trapped under the debris and around 30 others are missing. On July 25, a mountain-slide near Batseri village, in Kinnaur, had killed nine people.
“Search and rescue operations have been initiated on a war-footing. A large number of casualties are expected. The landslide is still active, which has made operations very risky and difficult,” Bhawanagar SDM Manmohan Singh said. Kinnaur deputy commissioner Abid Hussain Sadiq said 15 persons had been rescued.
Rescue efforts were suspended due to darkness later in the evening and will resume early Thursday morning. The Dogra Scouts will assist in the search for a missing HRTC bus and a Bolero SUV feared buried in debris along the steep slopes.
Following Wednesday’s landslide, a 200-metre stretch of the Kinnaur-Shimla national highway was initially blocked by rubble. While NH-5 has been cleared, traffic movement had not begun when reports last came in. According to Kinnaur district administration officials, three small vehicles and one tipper (truck) were recovered from the spot.
CM Jai Ram Thakur said a rescue operation had been launched from both sides of the landslide site and efforts were on to rescue those trapped under the debris. He said Army teams and two helicopters had been called in to speed up the rescue operation.



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