In a post on Facebook, Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali said that rescue operations have been underway at the site since 2 am and also Indian Army has been called in to assist considering the seriousness of the situation. "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP's Mandi district".
The tragedy struck at 12.15 am today in Kotrupi village in Padhar sub-division of Mandi district. Director General of Police Somesh Goyal said eight passengers were travelling in the Manali-Katra bus while 47 passengers were in the other bus.
At least a dozen small vehicles are also trapped.
The incident happened near Mandi-Pathankot highway on Saturday night.
One of the buses was on its way to Chamba from Manali, while the other one was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali.
As per latest reports, two buses are feared to have been washed away in the landslide. It is not known how many passengers were in the bus which is under the debris.
Officials who are supervising the rescue operation said that it is a tough task for the rescue teams because the whole area has been covered with several feet of mud and big boulders.
In another landslide reported on Saturday at Dwara on Chandigarh-Manali highway, two people were injured when the debris fell on a moving vehicle.