175 Tourists Stranded in Lahaul-Spiti Himachal Pradesh Landslide

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Heavy rain extended to hit the hill state, disrupting road transportation due to landslides. Helicopters stationed to airlift the 175 travellers in Udaipur could not make forays due to the inclement weather. Three days after three people have swept away in a creek while trying to help an army vehicle cross Tozing Nullah, the Lahaul and Spiti deputy commissioner, Neeraj Kumar, said: “Teams of National Disaster Response Force, police, Border Roads Organisation, home guards and PWD continued with the search work though none of them have been able to discover the three yet.”

On Tuesday night, 12 people have washed away in a flash overflow in Tozing Nullah. While two of them were saved, seven bodies were retrieved the day after, but three people are still missing. Ten persons have gone missing while one got killed since flash floods triggered by continuous rains lashed Tozing Nullah in the Udaipur sub-division of Himachal Pradesh‘s Lahaul Spiti district, a police official announced on Wednesday. Superintendent of Police Manav Verma said that one person was wounded in the incident. According to the police, the missings include:

  • Four Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel.
  • Two labourers of VTL – Airtel Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.
  • Four passengers were travelling towards Pangi-Killar.

Three persons have been saved so far, and one was transferred to a hospital in Kullu for remedial therapy. Among those recovered include an Army personnel named Mohan Singh (38), who was securely evacuated from Tozing Nullah by DDMA District Disaster Management Authority, Police, Fireteam, ITBP Rescue team. However, he was taken to RH Keylong for additional treatment at a hospital.

Mobile connectivity in the whole stretch around Tozing Nullah has been interrupted due to the flash floods. Per the policemen, a rescue team supervised by the District Superintendent of Police (DSP) and personnel from DDMA, ITBP Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and BRO is at the spot. Also, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) unit has been requested by the District Commissioner of Lahaul Spiti. A 25-year-old woman and her son got wiped away while passing by the banks of the Brahamganga tributary of Parvati river in Kullu this morning. Both are yet untraceable, told Ashutosh Garg, who is Deputy Commissioner of Kullu.

Meanwhile, a landslide occurred on Vikas Nagar-Panthaghati road in Shimla today. A car parked beside the road was destroyed. No other loss was recorded, informed the District Disaster Management Authority, Shimla. Heavy rains continue to beat various state regions, with the Shimla Meteorological Centre declaring a red weather warning.

The latest IMD bulletin designated that widespread rainfall would continue in Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh. As monsoon wreaks havoc in various parts of India, leading to increased casualties in Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), amongst others, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has published fresh weather warnings for these states and UT along with other territories. According to the freshest bulletin by the IMD, “thunderstorm with light to medium intensity rain” has been projected over the entire Delhi and its neighbouring areas of Noida, Greater Noida, and Ghaziabad in the next few hours.

The bulletin further declared that a well-marked low-pressure area lies across Gangetic West Bengal and annexing Bangladesh with the “associated cyclonic circulation continuing up to upper tropospheric levels.” “It is likely to lead west-northwestwards across Jharkhand, south Bihar, and southern parts of UP during the subsequent 48 hours,” the bulletin added. Moreover, the MeT department highlighted a high wind convergence from the Arabian Sea to the plains of northwest India at lower levels.

Under these conditions, extensive to fairly extensive rainfall activity will be observed in various states and UTs, including Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir, among others.

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