Pakistani men stand next to the wreckage of a passenger bus after it collided with an oil tanker, in Kohat on August 4, 2018. - A collision between a passenger bus and an oil tanker killed at least 18 people and wounded 25 others in northwestern Pakistan, police said on Sunday. (Photo by BASIT GILANI / AFP)

Landslide in northern Pakistan buries bus Using 15 onboard

ISLAMABAD — A landslide in northern Pakistan on Sunday buried a minibus with 15 individuals onboard beneath a lot of sand and stone with rescue workers digging through the wreckage in the hopes of locating survivors, authorities said.

Police officer Wakil Khan said the landslide overtook the minibus which was traveling from the town of Rawalpindi in Punjab state to the scenic city of Skardu. The bus has been pushed into a deep ditch along the coastal street in Skardu and buried beneath mud and stone.

Khan suggested that the odds of finding anyone alive are gloomy, but rescue workers and neighborhood volunteers are digging through the mud looking for survivors.

Landslides after heavy monsoon rain are common in Pakistan and will be the reason for widespread harm in regions of coastal terrain.