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Landslide in Himachal, 3 dead, over 40 feared buried as vehicles come under debris

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kinnaur: As many as 40 people are feared buried after a landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur left many vehicles trapped under debris this afternoon at around 12.45 pm, according to news agencies. The landslide took place on the Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway. A truck, a state-run bus travelling to Shimla (having 40 people onboard) and other vehicles are believed to have been buried in rubble.

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Citing deputy commissioner Abid Hussain Sadiq, reported media that several vehicles, including a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus carrying over 40 passengers, are currently buried under the debris.

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Teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been sent to the area for rescue operations. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had also been called in.

“I’ve directed the police and the local administration to carry out rescue operations. NDRF has also been put on alert. We have received information that one bus and a car could have been hit. We are waiting for detailed information,” Mr Thakur told reporters.

Heavy, incessant rain has caused many landslides in parts of Himachal Pradesh over the past few weeks.

Last month, nine tourists were killed after huge boulders fell on their cars in another part of Kinnaur.

A video that was circulated online showed boulders rolling downhill and smashing into a bridge.

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Many such videos have emerged from the state this season. In another incident, a stretch of road collapsed as a hillside crashed down in dramatic visuals of a landslide at Sirmaur after two days of incessant rain.

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