At least six dead, dozens missing, in Indian landslide

Officials carry out rescue work after the landslide in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday morning

According to reports two buses at Kotropi area on Pathankot-Mandi National Highway near Jogindernagar after massive landslides washed away and buried the two buses along with some other light vehicles which had halted for refreshments.

Two buses carrying dozens of passengers had stopped for a tea break at a rest stop when the landslide struck.

The impact of the landslide was such that around 200 metres stretch of the NH was completely swept away 700-800 metres downhill.

Following are the top stories of the northern region at 1900 hrs: DEL15 PM-LANDSLIDE New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoles the deaths that occurred due to a landslide in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district.

Rescue work, which is being carried out by teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indian Army and Himachal Pradesh Police, is set to resume in the morning.

Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said the possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out.

The district administration swung into action and started the rescue operations with the help of police, home gaurds, PWD workers and some locals.

Rescuers are desperately searching for survivors but have already confirmed at least 46 people have been killed. The injured persons were taken to a hospital. He directed to assess the loss to the property at the earliest so that the sufferers could be provided compensation and other assistance.

"My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in Mandi".

"I am in constant touch with the district authorities and other concerned officials", Bali added. "Immediate relief will be provided", Mr Singh said.

Himachal Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Transport minister G S Bali and Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Anil Sharma had also visited the spot.