Himachal Snowfall: 16 Trekkers including 10 foreigners missing in Chamba

Picture of snow- clad Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district

Chamba, Sep 29: Sixteen trekkers including ten foreigners have lost contact due to bad weather conditions in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday.

“16 trekkers including 10 foreign nationals have lost contact due to bad weather conditions in Chamba district. A team of policemen, local porters & mountaineering experts are conducting a search operation to locate them”, Superintendents of Police Chamba told ANI.

Earlier this week, a group of 45 students of IIT-Roorkee, five Indian- born US nationals and two German trekkers were rescued from Lahaul-Spiti.

Meanwhile, the rescue operation has entered its final stages on Saturday as a large number of people, mostly tourists, were evacuated safely from the snow-marooned region.

The last batch of tourists stuck at various locations in the valley for over a week were brought to Keylong, district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti, and at Sarchu from where they were rescued by road on Saturday as the weather cleared, a government official told IANS over phone from Kullu town.

Airlifting of tourists by the Indian Air Force (IAF) could not commence today. It has been disrupted since Friday afternoon owing to the onset of snowfall in the high hills, including Keylong.

More than 2,000 persons, including 30 foreigners, have been rescued since September 24. Among these, 211 were airlifted and the remaining evacuated by road via under-constructed Rohtang tunnel.


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