Several avalanches hit Lahaul-Spiti, 60 rescued


A joint rescue team including Lahaul-Spiti police and staff from the Border Roads Organization led the rescue operation after several avalanches hit the area.

Shimla / Around 60 stranded people were rescued after multiple avalanches hit Ropsang Nullah and Mooling in Lahaul and Spiti on Tuesday night.

A joint rescue team comprising Lahaul-Spiti Police and Border Roads Organization (BRO) personnel carried out the rescue operation. Lahaul-Spiti Deputy Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said reports were received around 4pm on Tuesday that two avalanches had hit Ropsang Nullah, about 27 kilometers from Keylong district headquarters, and Mooling, 12 kilometers away. ).

“Later, at 5 p.m., two more avalanches hit Mooling and it was learned that five vehicles carrying 60 people were stuck due to blockades on either side,” Kumar said. Among those stranded were 35 men, 19 women and six children, most belonging to Pangi from Chamba district,” the DC said.

Despite hostile conditions including -15°C temperature, strong cold winds and an altitude of 10,000, rescuers safely evacuated stranded passengers who were taken to Kelyong to spend the night at Circuit House.

Snow forecast, rain

The weather department forecast rain and snow in the state for the next five days. Shimla meteorological center director Surender Paul said a yellow weather alert had been issued for rainfall in the plains and heavy snow in the middle and high hills on January 22-23. Meanwhile, there was no respite from the biting cold in the state as skies were mostly overcast across the state.

Keylong was the coldest with a minimum temperature of -8.6°C, while Kalpa shivered at -1.6°C.

The capital, Shimla, recorded a low of 5.1°C and the famous tourist resort of Manali recorded a temperature of 1.5°C. Kufri and Dalhousie recorded a low of 4°C each, while Dharamshala recorded a low of 5.6°C and Palampur 5°C.

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