Three more bodies found, toll rises to 17

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 13

The death toll in the Nugalsari landslide in Kinnaur district rose to 17 today with the recovery of three more bodies. However, the bodies are yet to be identified. The administration released a list of 13 missing persons.

Machinery was deployed at the landslide site with great difficulty, as shooting stones were hampering the rescue operation being carried out by the teams of the NDRF, ITBP and the police.

It took a Porcelain excavator almost 12 hours to reach the spot where the wreckage of an HRTC bus was found but the rescue operation was obstructed as big boulders started rolling down, said Abid Hussain Sadiq, Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur. He added a team of engineers would survey the hilltop tomorrow to suggest remedies to stop stones from falling.

Meanwhile, the wreckage of a Mahendra Bolero SUV is still untraceable while two totally damaged cars have been recovered but no body has been found.

The relatives of the people feared buried under the landslide debris are still camping at the site. Those listed as missing are Ravinder Singh, Surya Vansh, Gulpanchi, Jagat Oli, Rakesh Kumar, Mehar Chand, Khem Lal Gurang, Daleep Singh, Santosh Kumari, Karunesh, Jwala Devi, Biraj Nath and Prabhu Lal.

Meanwhile, a woman and a boy travelling in an HRTC bus to Reckong Peo from Mandi were injured as shooting stones hit the bus while it was crossing the sliding zone where the landslide had occurred.

The injured identified as Anita Kumari (40), a resident of Nichar, and Anubhav Negi (19), a resident of Kalpa, were referred to the community health centre at Bhawanagar. As many as 253 persons have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the current monsoon season since June 13.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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