Mandi tragedy: 46 bodies recovered, rescue op underway ( Pictures)
The public is reacting against access tempering with fragile ecology of the region. People are criticizing access excavation of mountains for the widening of the roads. Unscientific cutting of hills on the name of development is literally paving way for the graves of people.
Mandi – The tragic incident of the landslide on the National Highway 154 in Mandi district has come as a shock to rest of the State as the news reports begun to appear on media, online news portals, and social media.
Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, Sandeep Kadam informed that 46 bodies were recovered so far. The rescue operation is underway and the death toll could rise.
Some of them were identified as follows:
After extensive efforts, the rescue teams recovered the mangled chassis of the bus traveling on Manali-Katra (Jammu) route. However, the other bus traveling from Chamba to Manali was difficult to trace as it was completely buried beneath huge mounds of debris and rocks.
As per the fresh government reports, eight passengers were traveling in this bus. Out of eight, three were killed and five sustained injuries. The injured were rescued and admitted at the Zonal Hospital Mandi. Two of the injured have been discharged from the hospital.
As per the last reports received by the time of writing, second bus (Chamba-Manali) that also rolled down the gorge was completely buried but was traced after extensive efforts. Over 40 bodies were recovered from this bus. As per the district administration, the death toll could rise as about 47 passengers were traveling in this bus.
As per the district administration, the death toll could rise as about 47 passengers were traveling in this bus. The bus is buried beneath the debris for over 15 hours now.
The army, local police, National Disaster Relief Force, homegaurds and locals are tirelessly working to remove huge mound of mud and rocks. The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Transport Minister GS Bali, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma and Health Minister Kaul Singh also reached the spot.
HP CM announced the ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for next of kin of the deceased. The administration will also bear the entire expenditure of the treatment of the injured.
— ANI (@ANI) August 13, 2017
Team of @NDRFHQ is going to Mandi to take part in the rescue and relief operations and provide all possible assistance required.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2017
Last night (between 12 to 1 AM), two buses of the Himachal Pradesh Road Corporation, some other vehicles, and a few residential buildings were swept away by a massive landslide near Kotrupi of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. The buses were swept about one kilometer down a gorge. The mounds of debris were so huge that the administration was not sure about the number of missing people or missing vehicles.
Meanwhile, the public is reacting against access tempering with fragile ecology of the region. People are criticizing access excavation of mountains for the widening of the roads. Unscientific cutting of hills on the name of development is turning out to be a grave for humans.
My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in Mandi.Request Himachal govt. & local Congress units to provide all possible help
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 13, 2017