6 more bodies found at Nugalsari, toll now 23

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 14

The death toll in the Nugalsari landslide incident in Kinnaur district rose to 23 today with the recovery of six more bodies from the wreckage of an HRTC bus buried under debris and boulders.

The teams of the ITBP, NDRF and the police resumed rescue operations at 4.30 am today and retrieved the six bodies while four persons are still missing. However, there was still no trace of a Mahendra Bolero SUV that was feared to have been washed away with mud.

A Porcelain excavator reached the exact spot of the landslide amid boulders rolling down the hill. A team of expert from the Geological Survey of India arrived today and it would inspect the site tomorrow to suggest remedies to stop stones from falling from the hill, which hamper the rescue work, said Abid Hussain Sadiq, Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur.

The relatives of the people feared buried under the debris of the landslide are still camping at the site. Of 23 bodies recovered so far, eight were retrieved from a Tata Sumo buried under the landslide. The deceased have been identified as Rohit, Vijay Kumar, Meera Devi, Nitisha, Prem Kumari, Kamlesh Kumar, Vanshuka, Gyan Dassi, Devi Chand, Radhika, Bhupender Singh, Hukum, Laxman Thapa, Suresh Kesi, Rakesh Kumar, Ravinder, Karunesh, Jagat Oli, Daleep Singh, and Prabhu Lal while three bodies were yet to be identified.

As many as 264 persons have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the state and the highest number of 38 casualties each was reported in Shimla and Kinnaur, followed by 27 in Sirmaur.

Landslides and flash floods have claimed 45 and 10 lives, respectively, while 25 persons have been drowned and 121 persons have been killed in accidents since June 13.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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