At least 13 people were killed while dozens are still missing and trapped under debris after a deadly landslide swept across a highway located in a Himalayan district in northern India, local authorities and rescuers said on Wednesday.
In a statement, police said that a bus, a truck and other vehicles were either crushed or trapped by the falling boulders due to the landslide.
More than 200 emergency rescue responders, including police officers and members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), have been dispatched to search for the missing victims.
Officials said that rescue operations are being slowed down due to rocks that are continuing to fall.
According to Indo-Tibetan Border Police deputy commander Dharminder Thakur, 13 people have been rescued from the rubbles so far.
Authorities confirmed that more than 20 people are still missing.
“The landslide tragedy at Kinnaur is very saddening,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted late Wednesday. “In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May the injured recover at the earliest.”
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