A large landslide struck a bus and several other vehicles traveling on a highway in the mountains of northern India in Himachal Pradesh state on Wednesday. Eleven people were killed and dozens trapped. Providing further details on the landslide, the Indo-Tibetan border police (ITBP) said that the incident occurred at around 12:45pm on the Reckong Peo-Shimla highway in the Kinnaur district. The landslide blocked the Reckong Peo-Shimla highway. Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jairam Thakur said that police and the local administration have been directed to carry out rescue operations. Around 200 troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were sent for rescue efforts. “We expect the rescue operations to continue through the night, if not longer,” Vivek Pandey, an ITBP spokesman declared. Rescuers were currently engaged in an operation to save the people who are reported to be trapped. Many were sent at hospitals.
Incessant rain has caused many landslides in parts of Himachal Pradesh over the past few weeks. Kinnaur has recently been the site of fatal landslides, triggered by the rainfall spell. Last month, nine tourists were killed after huge boulders fell on their cars in another part of Kinnaur. The state has recorded an increase of 116% in the landslide incidents this monsoon season. Himachal has recorded 35 major landslides from June 13. Many flash floods were recorded in the past across the state.