50 Missing Trekkers From Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul And Spiti Found After A Day

| September 25 , 2018 , 11:54 IST

A total of 50 people, including 35 students from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee who had gone trekking in the Lahaul and Spiti mountainous district of Himachal Pradesh and went missing on Monday were finally found on Tuesday.

Rajvir Singh, father of one of the students Ankit Bhati said to ANI that the group had gone for trekking to the Hamta trekking pass in Kullu and were expected to return to Manali but contact with the group has been lost.  

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday confirmed that the group of 50 trekkers including the IIT Roorkee students were found and are safe in the Sissu area of Lahul-Spiti. 

According to reports, 9 researchers from West Bengal had left for the Gangstand glacier but have also gone missing in Lahaul and Spiti.

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Another group of 8 people, including 6 Indian nationals and a woman from Brunei and a man from The Netherlands, had also gone missing from Lahaul Spiti but were found after 10 hours.

More than 150 people became stranded in Lahaul and Spiti after bus services were suspended. Around 40 people are in Darcha, 50 in Sarchu and 60 in Chandertal.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning snow clearing operations were started by the district administration on the Highway from Kaza to Gramphu in Lahaul-Spiti district. Due to the heavy rainfall, telephone lines were also not working and a number of roads in various districts were blocked by landslides.

The district administration in Kullu has sounded a 'high alert' and all adventurous sports activities including paragliding have been banned in Kulu. Damages in property due to the rains has been estimated at over Rs 20 crore. All government and private schools and colleges have been ordered closed in Hamirpur, Kangra and Kullu districts for the second consecutive day.

Due to heavy rains triggering flash floods and landslides on Monday, 4 people died in the Kullu district while a man died in the Kangra district.