At least two people have died with 48 more believed to be injured and trapped after two cable cars in a ropeway collided in the Trikut hills, close to the Baba Baidyanath Temple in Jharkhand's Deoghar, a police officer told
local media outlets on Monday.
The incident was reported on Sunday, and a rescue operation is still going on, with the Indian Air Force (IAF) assisting in the rescue effort. On Sunday, a total of eight people were evacuated of which two women died during treatment. As of Monday afternoon
, 11 people have been saved.
Two Indian Air Force choppers have also been called for assistance.
Prima facie, the incident appears to have occurred due to a technical snag, said Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri, adding that at present they're more focused on rescue operations, and a probe will be initiated after the operation ends.
The official said that the ropeway was operated by a private company
whose operators fled after the incident.