25-30 feared buried in Kinnuar landslide, NDRF deployed for rescue, continued landslide hampers rescue operation  

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Shimla, Aug 11
District administration Kinnuar said that at least 25-30 are feared to be buried as they are trapped inside a massive landslide which occurred at Negalsari near Bhavnagar on the Hindustan- Tibet National Highway this morning.
Deputy Commissioner Kinnuar Abid Husan Sadik said that NDRF has arrived on the spot to rescue the trapped people. There are around five vehicle including a bus and truck and three other light vehicles buried at between Bhavnagar- Negualseri in Kinnuar district about 130 km from here around 1200 hrs this morning.
A Murang-Haridwar HRTC bus, a truck and three vehicles are trapped in the landslide, number of casualties is yet to be ascertained.
Director disaster management authority Sudeksh Kumar Mokta said that at least 25-30 people were buried in five vehicles buried under the debris. He said that NDRF team posted at Jeori was at the spot.
The rescue operation could not begin since the landslides and boulders are rolling down continuously on the spot. Three to four people who had been trapped in a vehicle hit by a boulder were rescued from the spot.
He said that a landslide and shooting stone hit the NH-5 at Nigularsari Tehsil Nichar of Kinnaur district on Wednesday at 1200 . As per the latest information from DEOC Kinnaur due to the landslide one HRTC bus a car and Tipper (truck ) are damaged near the vicinity of the area due to continuous slide the SAR team are unable to reach the incident site.
Meanwhile as per the information by SHO Bhavanagar there are around 25 to 30 passengers stuck or trapped at the incident. He said that State administration Response team comprising members of local police, home guard, NDRF and  ITBP Jeori are on the spot. A bus driver was rescued in the mishap.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, local MLA Jagat Singh Negi and Congress state co-incharge Sanjay Dutt mourned the causality in the mishap.
Dutt said that he was deeply pained to learn about this accident. He urged the authorities to initiate immediate steps to rescue the affected. ”  Congress has also appealed to their local activists to reach the spot and to help in the relief work.

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