According to an official release, the state government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.
Two state roadway buses were hit by a massive landslide last night triggered by a cloudburst on the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway, leaving eight passengers dead while the fate of 22 others was not immediately known.
Himachal Pradesh Transport minister G S Bali said the toll could climb to 50.
Meanwhile, the Mandi district administration has closed the Mandi-Aut section of the Chandigarh-Manali highway.
In a notification, the district administration has advised people to take the Mandi-Kullu route via Kalota.
Also the Jogindernagar-Mandi section of the Pathankot- Mandi National highway has been closed.
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