The Himachal Pradesh government has announced that almost all tourists and visitors stranded in the bad weather hit Lahaul and Spiti district since last week have been rescued and evacuated to safer places.

Early and heavy snowfall on Himachal Pradesh’s tourist-ridden Rohtang Pass hit the region and the roads to Lahaul and Spiti Valleys were cut off – affecting a large number of tourists and hampering water and electricity supply since September 22nd. The state government immediately launched rescue operations along with the Indian Air Force, rescuing thousands stranded in the region since last week. On Thursday, Himachal authorities announced that almost all stranded people in snowbound Lahaul and Spiti district have been evacuated to safer places.

It has been reported that a total of 110 stranded people, including 24 foreign nationals were airlifted from inaccessible areas of Lahaul tehsil while other 1,000 persons were transported to safer places by roads in last three days. Among the foreigners rescued by are three Germans, four Danes, two Norwegians, eight Nepalis and one from Bhutan. All the airlifted persons have been provided first-aid at the regional hospital in Kullu and were discharged immediately, whereas, others have been moved to safer place and are provided food and shelter.

It has been reported that the joint rescue operations by Army, mountaineering experts, police and local people are still underway. Also, the Border Road Organisation (BRO) has already cleared the Darcha-Khoksar and Tandi-Thirot roads from snow and the road network is ready to allow traffic after remaining closed for days. The IAF has deployed three helicopters and the operations will continue till all the stranded people are moved to safer places.

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