Himachal’s Kinnaur: Many people were buried in a massive landslide on National Highway 5 in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district on Wednesday.
According to reports, landslides broke out on the highway near Nigulsari, 61 km from Rekong Pio, the district headquarters of Kinnaur.
A state highway bus and several vehicles were buried in the landslide.
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus was traveling from Rekong Pio to Hardwar via Shimla when several other vehicles got stuck in the landslide. Several reports said there were about 40 passengers on the bus. However, there is no official confirmation about the number of passengers.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police, in a tweet, said the incident took place around 12:45 p.m. “Landslides broke out on the Rekang Po-Shimla Highway in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh at around 12.45 pm today. A truck, an HRTC bus and some vehicles were reported wrecked. Many people were reportedly rescued. ITBP teams rescued. More details await,” he tweeted. Read.
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. pic.twitter.com/ThLYsL2cZK— ITBP (@ITBP_official) August 11, 2021
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told reporters in Shimla that the Kinnaur administration has been directed to expedite relief and relief operations.
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“The exact number of casualties in the landslide has not yet been confirmed. The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) has been called in to rescue people after realizing the severity of the situation,” he said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke to the Himachal CM and reviewed the situation. “ITBP teams are engaged in relief operations with full readiness. The priority of the ITBP and the local administration is to save lives and provide prompt treatment to the injured,” he tweeted.