Leh: Heavy rainfall and snowfall has disrupted the normal life of the people in Himachal Pradesh. With early snowfall, cloud burst and heavy rains devastating large parts of Himachal Pradesh, the heavy snowfall on Rohtang Pass, Lahaul and Spiti Valley have been cut off, which affected large number of tourist who has gone to Leh and Lahaul Valley. In this regard, the Border Roads Organization has decided to provide humanitarian assistance to the stranded people.
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on war footing started clearing various axes. Today from Project Rohtang Tunnel, team under Maj Shashi Chauhan and Capt Aashish Singla along with machinery were deployed to clear road axis up to Shishu and Koksar in Lahaul Valley to supplement efforts of 70 RCC of 38 BRTF.
By evening, approx. 300 people from Shishu and Koksar have been rescued out from Lahaul Valley to Solang in Manali through Rohtang Tunnel. The rescued people include faculty and students from IITMandi, IITs Roorkee, Guwahati and Mumbai and some foreigners on trekking besides locals from Himachal Pradesh.
BRO also provided medical aid and refreshment to rescued people at Project Rohtang Tunnel. Co-ordination has been done with civil administration to safely take the rescued individuals to Manali and further to their destination.
Rohtang Tunnel which is under construction by BRO contributed immensely to evacuate and rescue stranded persons from Lahaul Valley to Manali.
Rescue efforts will continue for next few days until all stranded persons are evacuated and safely taken out from Lahaul & Spiti Valley.