Nine researchers missing in Lahaul Spiti as rains, snow continue; Two rescued by army in Palampur

researchers missing in Lahaul spiti in HP

Dalhousie recorded highest 170mm rainfall in the state, followed by Manali 121 mm, Kangra 120 mm, Palampur 108 mm, Dharamshala and Una with 62mm each in the last 24 hours 

The Hush Post: The Army on Monday rescued two youths stranded due to flash floods in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. They were brought to Bhuntar airfield amidst inclement weather and rain. Two persons were stranded at Saurabh Van Vihar in Palampur, PTI reported. Two scooters and a car were washed away in the flash floods in the area, according to reports.

On Sunday, the fire brigade and rescue teams were sent to the spot to rescue the youths. Since they could not be rescued, the Kangra district administration made a requisition to the Army.

While Rohtang Pass in Lahaul Spiti has witnessed 4-feet of snowfall, nine researchers who were in Lahaul and Spiti have reportedly gone missing. They had gone to 5,480-mt high Gangstang glacier for some research work. They belonged to West Bengal. The potato crop has been severely damaged in Lahaul-Spiti.

Rohtang Pass in Lahaul & Spiti has witnessed 4 feet of snowfall.

At least half a dozen villages have been evacuated near Chamba town. Students of Javahar Navodya Vidyalya (JNV) at Sarol have been shifted to safer places.

Meanwhile, 22 people stuck at Raisan near Manali were rescued by district authorities . 26 people were rescued from Dobhi through helicopters on Sunday.

Submerged areas in Kullu-Manali 

Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan said that Akhara Bazar, Nature Park, Ramshila, Baveli, Raisan, Dobhi Vihal, Patlikuhal bazar have been completely submerged.

Authorities opened the gates of four dams — Larji, Pandoh and Sanan in Mandi and Chamera in Chamba which led to more water flow downstream.

Dalhousie town recorded highest 170mm rainfall in the state. Manali which bore the maximum brunt received 121 mm. Kangra received 120 mm, Palampur 108 mm, and Dharamshala and Una with 62mm each in the last 24 hours.

Punjab, Haryana, J&K affected as well

Intermittent rains have been disrupting life in Punjab where the cotton crops have been flattened. There has been huge waterlogging in Patiala and flood-like situation might arise in many districts of Punjab.

With rains since Saturday, Punjab has made up for the monsoon shortfall. Punjab’s normal rainfall is 490 mm for the period from June to September end. Till September 22, Punjab had received only 391 mm rain but with Saturday’s rain, it has now gone up to 442 mm.

Meanwhile, in J&K’s Kathua district too nature has played havoc following flash floods triggered by incessant rains. In Doda district, authorities have ordered the closure of all educational institutions as a precautionary measure.

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted more rain over Monday and Tuesday for Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Delhi and NCR have also been receiving mild showers since Monday morning.

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