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7 foreign tourists evacuated from HP's tribal area

PTI  Shimla, June 22, 2013
First Published: 13:52 IST(22/6/2013) | Last Updated: 22:32 IST(22/6/2013)

Seven foreign tourists on Saturday were evacuated from Himachal's tribal Lahaul and Spiti district even as the state chopper made sorties to high altitude areas in Pooh, Tabo and Nako to airlift people stranded in rain-ravaged Kinnaur district for the past eight days.


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The sorties would continue till the evening to evacuate maximum number of stranded people, state officials said.

The foreigners were evacuated from Kaza, they said.

The exact number of people stuck up in these areas is yet to be ascertained as reports of more people stranded in remote areas are still pouring in.

Most of the link roads and Hindustan-Tibet National Highway was blocked at numerous places due to landslides and breaches and a large number of vehicles are stranded in the district and most of the people who have been rescued have left their vehicles and other belongings behind.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh is monitoring the situation from Rampur and would return here tomorrow after casting his vote for Mandi Lok Sabha by-election.

In Himachal Pradesh, seven foreigners were today evacuated from tribal Lahaul and Spiti district even as the state chopper made sorties to high altitude areas in Pooh, Tabo and Nako to airlift people stranded in rain-ravaged Kinnaur district for the past eight days.

The sorties would continue till the evening to evacuate maximum number of stranded people, state officials said.

The exact number of people stuck up in these areas is yet to be ascertained as reports of more people stranded in remote areas are still pouring in.

Most of the link roads and Hindustan-Tibet National Highway was blocked at numerous places due to landslides and breaches and a large number of vehicles are stranded in the district.

The situation was improving in Uttar Pradesh as there was no fresh rainfall. While Sharda and Ghaghra have registered a downward trend, the River Ganga was rising all along its route from Fatehgarh to Ballia.

River Ghaghra, which was still flowing above the danger mark at Elgin Bridge (Barabanki), was receding and at Ayodhya and Turtipar, where it has crossed the red mark, it was static.


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