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Himachal landslide: 15 dead in Mandi, Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to kin of killed

Rescue operations are underway

ANI  |  Himachal Pradesh 

Himachal landslide: 15 dead, CM declares Rs 5 L ex-gratia to kin of killed
The mangled remains of vehicles after two buses and other passenger vehicles were swept away by a massive landslide at Kotrupi in Mandi district on Saturday night. Photo: PTI

The death toll in the devastating landslide that hit Himachal Pradesh's Mandi has risen to 15, as more bodies were recovered by Sunday evening.

As many as five persons are reported injured.

The landslide hit Mandi on Saturday.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who visited the site earlier in the day, has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each for next of kin of the deceased.

Prime Minister tweeted about the incident, sending his condolence to the families.

Deputy Commissioner of Mandi, Sandeep Kadam had confirmed that "three vehicles were stranded after the landslide.

A bus had also rolled down to nearly 800 meters from the Highway and four people have been rescued from the debris".

"The rain has hampered the rescue operation which is making it tough for the police and home guard," Kadam added.

Rescue operations are underway.

First Published: Sun, August 13 2017. 18:04 IST