NEW DELHI cheap nike air max 95 online , Aug. 13 (Xinhua) --
Indian rescue workers including contingents of army and disaster response force
personnel on Sunday pulled out 45 bodies from the debris of landslide that
buried two buses in northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, officials
The landslide hit two passenger buses early on Sunday in Urla village of
Mandi district, about 177 km north of Shimla, the capital of Himachal
"So far we have retrieved 45 bodies from the debris," Sandeep Kadam, deputy
commissioner of Mandi told Xinhua over telephone. "The search operation is
underway to trace more bodies."
The landslide triggered by heavy rains buried part of a highway known as
Pathankot-Mandi, trapping two buses, two cars and a motorbike, officials
Reports said the landslide drifted boulders and rocks that hit the buses and
pushed one of them into a deep gorge.
Despite intermittent rain, the rescuers pressed in and used shovels and bare
hands to remove rocks, boulders and debris covering the buses. The men pulled
out bodies trapped inside and carried them to morgue.
"The bodies have been kept in a nearby hospital and the administration is
trying to identify them," a health official said.
Authorities fear more bodies might be buried in the debris.
So far it was not clearly known how many people were traveling in the
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the deaths.
"Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in (Himachal
Pradesh's) Mandi district. My condolences with the families of the deceased,"
Many houses were washed away in the overnight rain that hit the mountainous
The state's Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh visited the spot to oversee
rescue work that was going on until late, officials said.
The government has also announced a financial assistance of 7,795 U.S.
dollars for the families that have lost their members in the accident.
Authorities have closed the highway in wake of the washing away of the road
and hundreds of vehicles were stranded on either side, officials said.
Himachal Pradesh has a rugged terrain. Landslides are often triggered from
its mountains during frequent rains.
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LONDON, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's natural beauty, incredible generosity
and infrastructure miracle impressed British politician Lord Michael Bates,
whose 71-day walk in China raised over British 90,000 pounds (about 116,000
U.S. dollars) for the Red Cross Society of China.
"What impressed me most about the walk in China was the natural beauty of
the areas in which we walked through places like the Tai mountains and Qufu for
example," Bates, who is also minister of state at the Department for
International Development and member of the House of Lords, said in a recent
interview with Xinhua.
"There was also the incredible generosity of the people we met along the
way. Over 700 people joined us at various stages of the 71-day walk and it was
great to share the experience with them," Lord Bates said.
In 2015, Lord Bates walked 1,700 km from Beijing to Hangzhou, where his
Chinese wife Li Xuelin was born. He wrote the experience in his book "Walk for
Peace: Transcultural Experiences in China" which was published in March
In the conclusion of his book, Bates said walking is a good way to see
national infrastructure and he considers infrastructure in China is impressive.
"The road surfaces I walked along were of an extremely high standard."
"Roads, especially the local roads I was walking on are only a small part of
the infrastructure miracle in China," he said.
He said he is not surprised by such an epic infrastructure development in
China and China's civil engineers as well as construction companies are now in
demand around the world.
"China sets its sights on 2049 and the centenary of the founding of the
People's Republic by which time it expects to be the leading economy in the
world. Few would now doubt that it is on track to achieve this with time to
spare," he said.
"When I was young, I used to want to be something -- an MP (Member of
Parliament), a minister. But as I get older, I realize that the greater
responsibility is not to be but to do. This is why I walk," said Bates,
explaining the reason for him to start walking.
Recalling his walk in China, Bates said the motivation for the walk in China
was simply that "we had received so much support from China for our previous
walks from London to Berlin and London to Northern Ireland, we wanted to do
something for China."
He said the route between Beijing and Hangzhou seemed to fit well, and 2015
was also the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in which China and
Britain were allies.
Bates highlighted the relations between China and Britain, saying China will
soon be the world's largest economy and Britain is a great trading nation so we
must have strong relations.
"Like all good relationships it exists so long as each side benefits from it
and there is mutual respect," he said.
Bates said Britain also has a great amount to offer to the relationship in
education, financial services and global connections with the Commonwealth,
European Union and the United States.
Bates is now in another 1,000-km walk from London to Edinburgh in his own
country, raising money fo
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