Shimla, Sep 29 (IENews) Over people 3994 – tourists and locals, who had been stranded due to unseasonal snowfall in Chamba and Lahaul Spiti districts, were evacuated to safety in a five-day rescue operation, considered one of the state government’s biggest disaster rescue operations, till date.
Additional Chief Secretary of Revenue and State Disaster Management Authority Munsiha Nanda, stated that the unprecedented snowfall in Lahaul Spiti, Chamba and Kullu districts had stranded thousands of tourists and locals, since September 22 to 24.
She said 2509 persons were evacuated or shifted through the upcoming all-weather Rohtang Tunnel, which helped the SDMA officials to reach out to the stranded and rescue them.
24 people were evacuated on Saturday, while 1200 were rescued on September 27, about 457 on September 25, including 55 IIT Rourkee students, around 410 on September 26, 385 on September 28 and 33 on September 23.
The Indian Air Force had deployed five choppers to airlift those stranded on high passes and evacuated total 183 people, including 40 on Saturday, 81 and 74 on September 28 and 27, 19 on September 23, 12 on September 26, five on September 5 and two on September 24.
She said that as many as 1233 people were evacuated from the snowbound areas of Holi and Bharmour in Chamba district, including school students and teachers.
She said heavy rainfall, landslide, lightening and cloudburst claimed 48 lives in the state, while 1049 cattle were also killed.