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Himachal Govt, local Congress must provide full assistance: Rahul Gandhi on Mandi landslide

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

vice-president on Sunday offered condolence to the families of the deceased in the Mandi landslide, and requested the to provide every possible aid.

"My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in Mandi. Request Himachal govt. & local units to provide all possible help," Gandhi tweeted.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda also tweeted, "Deeply saddened to know about this unfortunate accident at Padhar on Mandi NH, My prayers are with the families of victims."

Chief Minister who visited the site, said that rescue operations are underway and relief announcement will be done by the soon.

"Rescue is on, the police and the Army is there. The local people are also helping. The relief announcement will be done by the as per the schedule," Singh told ANI.

The incident took place in the Urla area of Mandi where two buses passing through Pathankot-Manali Highway were washed away in the muddy water due to a reported cloudburst.

Those injured were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, the army and the Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel with other rescue teams are searching the area for bodies buried under the debris.

Officials who are supervising the rescue operation said that it is a tough task for the rescue teams because the whole area has been covered with several feet of mud and big boulders.

The authorities have diverted the traffic from both sides of the Highway.

The Mandi district administration has issued help line numbers 1905- 226201, 226202, 226203, 1905- 235538 and 094180-01051.

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First Published: Sun, August 13 2017. 13:38 IST