The death toll in the Kinnaur landslide tragedy rose to 15 on Friday after two more bodies were recovered from the rubble. The rescue operation resumed at 4am. National Disaster Response Force, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Himachal Pradesh police and home guards personnel had suspended the search at around 10 pm last night. At least 16 people are still unaccounted for in the landslide that struck near Nigulsari village on the national highway connecting Shimla to Rechong Peo. Shooting stones that often roll down the hill have slowed progress. However, rescuers have continued with their search and rescue operations. Those unaccounted for are mostly passengers of the ill-fated Himachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation bus that came under direct impact of the landslide.  Mangled remains of the bus were spotted much after the incident. Eight out of 15 people dead were travelling in a sports utility vehicle. Fourteen people have so far been rescued from the debris and shifted for treatment in nearby hospitals. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur informed on Wednesday that the state government will provide Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured.

from asianetnews

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