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Himachal Pradesh: Bus hit by Kinnaur landslide located, toll rises to 14 as four more bodies recovered | Shimla News


SHIMLA: The recovery of four more bodies on Thursday from the landslip site at Nigulsari in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh took the death toll to 14. While 13 people are injured, two of them seriously,16 people are still missing.
Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, who reached Nigulsari to oversee the rescue work, announced that the search would continue till every missing person is traced. He also assured that a geological survey of the area would be done to find a long term solution to the problem of landslides.
The wreckage of the missing HRTC bus was found by ITBP troopers in the morning at approximately 500 metres below the road and 200 metres above the Satluj. Rockslides continued to disrupt the search and rescue operation.
After returning from Kinnaur, the CM made a statement in assembly that 248 people have been killed in different accidents in the state since June 13. He also said that 14 people were killed in Wednesday’s landslide while 16 are still missing and search is on to trace them. He said 5 of the injured were taken to Community Health Centre Bhawanagar in Kinnaur for treatment, 3 people were discharged and 2 persons were sent to hospitals at Shimla and Sujanpur.
He also visited the Community Health Centre Bhawanagar to ask about the well-being of the injured and directed the medical authorities to ensure the best possible treatment for the injured. He also met the next of kin of the deceased and family members of those who are missing after the landslide The CM announced that Rs 4 lakh each would be given to the next to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured in the incident. He said that Rs one lakh would be provided to the kin of deceased bus passengers by the transport department. Apart from this, the injured would get free treatment.
While presiding over a meeting of officers at Bhawanagar, the CM directed them to make adequate arrangements for board and lodging of the rescue teams and the family members of the missing persons as well as the injured.
The state assembly paid homage to those killed in the landslide and observed two minutes of silence as a mark of respect to departed souls. CPM MLA Rakesh Singha raised the issue of delay in sending machinery to remove the debris and said the need to conduct a geological survey of hills to check the developing cracks.





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