NOIDA 27th Sep 2018: Around 50 IIT-Roorkee students, which were reported missing few days earlier, have been rescued by a fleet of IAF (Indian Air Force) Helicopters from the flood-affected district of Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The trekking expedition of the group of professors and students turned into a horrible experience when they were stranded in heavy rainfall and snowfall.
The casualty of one more woman in the affected area due to severe cold has turned the official death toll into 11 now as per the latest updates from that area. Sarai area of Lahaul-Spiti district is marked as the most affected region.
This morning an operation for the rescue of six trekkers from New Delhi was also performed. There are reported missing in the Kinnaur district. Even after so many rescue operations in a row, there is a possibility of over 500 people still stranded in the affected areas.
A German couple along with five people from Denmark and Norway were also rescued safely from the flood-hit regions. According to the statement of District Collector of Kullu, there are three IAF choppers continuously handling the rescue operation. Authorities expect to airlift over 100n people a day from the disastrous places.
In this situation of excessive snowfall and flash floods, the state government is planning to release the excess water to Beas river in Kangra district from Pong Dam. A Central Water Commission official said, ‘around 11 am on Tuesday, excess water was released from the Pandoh dam in Mandi district.’
The state government instructed the school authorities to remain with closed schools on third consecutive day in Kullu, Kangra, and Hamirpur districts. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur addressed the high-level officials in a meeting yesterday. He also inspected the rain and flood-hit areas via aerial route. In this survey, it was observed that the road connecting Kullu and Manali will be restored in a week.
The families of the rescued students of IIT-Roorkee are very happy and thankful to the state government for conducting a quick operation via airlift to save the lives of their children. Before this, their horrified face had very less hopes about the rescue of their near & dear ones.