Shimla, 12th August 2021: Many people have been buried under the rubble due to the mountain breaking down in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The rescue operation has been going on since Wednesday afternoon. The bodies of 13 people were recovered till Thursday morning.
The missing bus after the accident was found near the Sutlej river in a damaged condition. It was shattered, tyres, doors everything is separated. The hope of survival of the people on the bus was very less. The rescue team of ITBP reached the spot and started the search for the people by removing the debris.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the exact figure of people trapped under the debris is not yet available. An operation will be conducted to rescue the injured from the army chopper. The Chief Minister himself will reach the spot. CM left for Kinnaur from Shimla in the morning by helicopter. Apart from this, Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, Congress MLAs Nandlal and Vikramaditya Singh also left for Kinnaur.
The CM will take stock of the site and supervise the relief and rescue operations. The administration has restored NH-5. But till now the traffic has not been smooth from here.
According to the operator, there were 24 people on the bus, so fears are being expressed that the death toll in this accident may increase further. So far 13 people have died in the accident, if all the people trapped in the bus could not be rescued, then the death toll could even cross 30.
The administration can take the help of the army today. However, NDRF personnel were also sent by the administration to the ditch towards the Sutlej river, where the bus has been found in a destroyed condition. Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur said that the help of the army can be taken in the search operation.