- Landslide in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district buries two buses
- Number of dead could rise as over 50 people were travelling in the buses
- Rescue operations suspended last night were resumed today
Some other vehicles may also have been hit by the landslide, the officials said. "46 bodies have been recovered and of these 23 have been identified," an official said.
Rescue operations were suspended late evening as there were apprehensions of more landslides, he said. The rescue work will resume today.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh visited the spot and said the rescue operation would continue till the last body was recovered. The state government would bear medical expenses of the injured passengers, he said. Mr Singh also met the family members of the victims. The state government has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the family of those killed.
State Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Transport Minister GS Bali and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma also visited the spot.
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The massive landslide, covering an area of more than 250 metres, swept away two other vehicles also and damaged some houses.
The highway was closed and hundreds of vehicles were stranded on either side, officials said.
DD Sharma, Director, Disaster management, Himachal Pradesh government said that a team of forensic experts had also been called considering that several of the bodies were mutilated.
(With inputs from PTI)