IIT students stranded in Lahaul safe, says Himachal Chief Minister; Chandigarh-Manali NH opened

The Hush Post: Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has said that the thirty students from IIT Roorkee stranded in Lahaul-Spiti are safe. “A group of 50 trekkers including IIT students are in Sissu area of Lahaul-Spiti,” Chief Minister told ANI. 

Over 300 people have been stranded in Lahaul-Spiti in the last three days. The district administration was facing difficulty in leading rescue operations because of the heavy snowfall.

According to news reports, 120 people are stranded at Koksar, 40 at Darcha, 50 on the Sarchu- Zingzingbar on the Manali-Leh highway. 50 people are stranded at Chandertal Lake and Chhatru. Five teaching faculty members of Indian Institute of Technology Mandi are also stranded. A few foreigners are held up at Zingzingbar. No connection could be established with them due to poor signal.

Meanwhile, traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway resumed on Tuesday morning after 36 hours. The water level of the Beas receded considerably at Dwada, where a portion of the road had submerged completely. 

The gates at the Sukhna Lake have now been shut as water receded in many rivers in Himachal. Two gates had been opened on Monday after 10 years.  The water at Sukhna Lake had crossed the danger mark of 1163 feet. Subsequenly, the administration was forced to open two gates at the lake.  

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