CM meets families of the victims of fatal land slide; 24 bodies recovered so far
Dharamshala, August 13, 2017: After the Kotpuri, Joginder Nagar land slide accident, where many feared dead as two state roadways buses eroded with the massive land portion (Six bodies recovered so far), the district administration of Mandi closed down the Mandi - Aut section of the 21 National highway (Chandigh-Manali). In a notification the passenger vehicles are advised to take Mandi- Kullu ruite via Kalota. It is said that the decision was taken as there is continues rock fall near Hanogi on national highway number 21.
The administration have also closed Joginder Nagar-Mandi section of Pathankot –Mandi National highway number 20
Around 50 persons travelling in two state road buses and other vehicles , were feared dead after the buses were swept away by a massive landslide at Kotpuri Urla (120kms from Dharamshala ) near Jogindernagar in Mandi district at about 2 am last night. But the tragedy could be far greater, as more vehicles and people were believed to have been at the spot when an entire hillside collapsed.
A report quoted Director-General of Police Somesh Goyal as saying that there were eight passengers in the Manali-Katra bus, while 47 passengers were travelling in the Chamba –Manali bus. “It is Difficult to assess at the moment, the figure about missing persons, “ said one official engaged in rescue operation at the site.
The buses are believed to have stopped for tea around midnight at a roadside stall at Kotrupi near Padder in Mandi district when the landslide struck, and swept them nearly 1 km into a gorge.
Most passengers travelling in the HRTC buses were from Chamba and Pathankot. One was an AC bus from the Pathankot depot (HP63-5840) and the other an ordinary bus from Chamba depot (HP73-4423). Driver Chanden Sharma and conductor Satpal of the Chamba depot bus were reported killed, while the staff of the other bus survived as they were not in the vehicle when the landslide hit.
Till the filing of this report the authorities had managed to pull out eight bodies from the buses buried under stones and mud.
Besides the driver and the conductor, the six deceased passengers were identified as Sachvetra D/o Mela Ram, R/o Rampur; Manju D/o Ram Kishan, R/o of Karsog; Shubam R/o Pathankot; Anita D/o Neo Ram, R/o Kurari village in Nagar area of Mandi; Beauty Sharma R/o Patna, Bihar; and Rajesh R/o Sarah village, Dharamsala.
A search and rescue operation is on involving local authorities and 120 jawans of 9 grenadier of Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel from Nurpur in Kangra are woring hard to locate the survivors if any.
CM Virbhadra Singh and transport minister S Bali rushed to the spot from Shimla and Delhi and will be there any moment. Mean while rural development minister Anil Sharma has enquired the well being of injured in Kotropi mishap at Zonal hospital at Mandi . The DC Mandi along with needed administrative and police officials are at the spot to supervise the operation.
Transport minister said that helpline numbers were released for quick information, as HRTC: 01905-235538, 9418001051 District Administration Mandi 01905-226201, 202, 203, 204.
CM meets families of the victims of fatal land slide
Dharamsala: CM Virbhadra Singh reached the spot of the land slide and inquired about relief operation, he also met families of the victim. According to DPRO Shimla, the CM has assured all possible help to the victims. CM said, "The search operations to trace the bodies will continue till last body is found." DPRO Shimla said that CM announced a sum if five lakh to the next of kin of the deceased (Rs.4 lakh through Revenue Department, Rs.1 lakh through HRTC).
The 24 bodies have been recovered so far. Out of which 14 have been identified. Rescue operation was on till the last information
The latest list released by ADM Mandi of Himachal land slide: