35 IIT students among 45 trekkers missing in Himachal Pradesh
At least 45 people including 35 students from IIT Roorkee who had gone for trekking in Himachal Pradesh’s mountainous Lahaul and Spiti district are missing after heavy rainfall in the region on Monday. Rajvir Singh, father of one of the students, told ANI that the group had gone for trekking to the Hampta pass in Kullu and were supposed to return to Manali, the popular tourist hub. However, they have been unable to contact the group so far. Himachal Pradesh has seen heavy rain and snowfall in many regions of the state and at least 5 people were reported dead and many injured in separate incidents after heavy rain lashes in Kullu, Kangra, and Chamba districts on Monday. Landslides have been reported in several parts of the state with many roads getting blocked. Rivers in the state are flowing at danger levels with authorities on high alert. Locals and tourists are being advised to exercise caution.