Kinnaur landslide in pictures: Shooting stones, mud still rolling down the hill, hope fades for families of those still missing

Bhanu Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Kunnaur, August 12

For the families of those feared trapped in the debris, every passing hour is full of anxiety and uncertainty about the safety of their loved ones. The relatives have rushed to the spot and their hope to see their loved ones alive is fading.

A massive landslide near Nigulsari in Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed 13 people, including a child and five women, and injured 13 others while 50 others are feared buried under the debris.

The tragedy struck around 12.30 pm. Several vehicles, including a truck and 42-seater Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus, were hit by the landslide. The bus was on its way from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur to Shimla.

The situation is tense and many back home are waiting for updates of their loved ones on mobile phones.

The rescue operation has not been easy and is being hampered from time to time as shooting stones and mud are still rolling down the hill.

"Thirteen bodies have been recovered so far and 13 injured have been rescued," said ITBP Deputy Commandant Dharmender Thakur, adding that the wreckage of the HRTC bus had been spotted and the NDRF is trying to reach the spot.

Also, one-way vehicular traffic has been restored.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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