Hundreds of tourists stranded after rains trigger landslides in Himachal Pradesh

As many as 150 people, including foreigners, were rescued after a road was washed away due to the incessant rain in Lahaul and Spiti district, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) officials said on Sunday.

The BRO shifted the people from Chhota Dara, Chhatru and Gramphu areas of the district to a safe place in a nearby village.

According to Colonel Uma Shanker, 38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF), one person was administered the first aid and shifted to a local hospital. Around 400 tourists are, however, still stuck between the roads in Keylong and Sissu.

Fresh snow spell threw life out of gear in the tribal district where more than 34 roads were cut off due to snow and rains. The worst affected is the Miyar valley which was cut off due to landslides at several places on the roads leading to the region. More than 300 vehicles were also stranded on the Spiti-Leh road after flash floods in nullahs triggered landslides.

As many as 24 people died due to heavy rains that battered the state.

The meteorological department said Himachal Pradesh received record rain on Sunday.

“The state as a whole received 102.5 mm of rainfall and this was 1,065 per cent more than normal for this day,” the India Meteorological Department said in a statement, adding that this is the “highest ever rainfall for a 24-hour period” in the state.

Source : Various