Kinnaur landslide toll reaches 16 with recovery of two more bodies

Updated on Aug 13, 2021 09:42 AM IST

The bodies were recovered close to the wreckage of a bus with 22 people on board that was hit by boulders and buried under their debris

NDRF team engage in search and rescue operation at the landslide site, in Kinnaur on Thursday, August 12. (ANI)
NDRF team engage in search and rescue operation at the landslide site, in Kinnaur on Thursday, August 12. (ANI)

The toll from the landslide at Negulsari in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur went up to 16 after two more bodies were found from the rubble 70 metres downhill on Friday morning. The bodies were recovered close to the wreckage of a bus with 22 people on board that was hit by boulders and buried under their debris.

The landslide buried at least five vehicles on a road on Wednesday afternoon.

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Police superintendent (Kinnaur) Sarju Ram Rana said the administration has deployed two excavators to reach the wreckage of the bus. “Manual search will continue besides two fork line machines have been deployed to remove the rubble to search for people feared trapped underneath,” said Rana.

State Disaster Management Authority director Sudesh Mokta said they have been unable to trace a car that went missing after the landslide and they also do not know how many passengers were in it.

Rescuers earlier recovered two other cars from the rubble.

Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, who visited the landslide scene on Wednesday, announced the search operation will continue till the last body is traced.

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    Gaurav Bisht heads Hindustan Times’ Himachal bureau. He covers politics in the hill state and other issues concerning the masses.

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