17 Dead, Over 25 Missing

Shimla, August 13:  At least 17 persons has been killed and over 25 missing after a massive mudslide completly damaged a 150 metre stretch of road, and buried homes, two buses and vehicles in Mandi district.

Seventeen bodies were recovered and five injured rescued after a day-long operation, sources said.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who visited the spot along with his cabinet colleagues, announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed.

CM directed local civil authorities to assess the loss to the property at the earliest so that the sufferers could be adequately compensated.




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