46 die in Himachal Pradesh landslide, almost all bodies recovered

Authorities inspect the site of tragedy

As per the last reports, another bus that rolled down into the gorge was still not traceable and all out efforts were on to remove the debris to locate the buried passengers.

With the road blocked by landslides in several places, soldiers used shovels and pickaxes to remove rocks, boulders and debris covering the buses and pull out the bodies.

"One of the buses is buried under almost 15 meters (50 feet) of mud", Mr Sharma said earlier. The land slide took away over 250 meter-long length of the national highway in its folds.

Bodies of two other people killed in the mudslide were among the 46 recovered; one biker, believed to be an Army jawan, was also among the dead. The Inspector General of central range and Deputy Commissioner and SP are on the spot. Those injured were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital.

The rescue operations were suspended late evening as there were apprehensions of more landslides.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his condolences in a tweet.

State Revenue Minister Kaul Singh announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of those killed. He directed to assess the loss to the property at the earliest so that the sufferers could be provided compensation and other assistance. "The relief announcement will be done by the Government as per the schedule", Singh told ANI.

A Home Ministry official said that as many as seven teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel in each, have already reached the affected areas in Bihar. One of them said that they (the five survivors) had alighted after being alerted by a person on a two-wheeler who was reportedly making a video of the approaching landslide.

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