Five people, including four from Nawanshahr in Punjab, were swept away in Sutlej river on Tuesday after cloudburst led to flash flood in a rivulet near Sunni, around 60 kilometers from Shimla.
Reportedly, eight people were travelling to Sunni in a Scorpio car for river rafting and had reached near the Loti river on Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle was hit by the flooded rivulet owing to a sudden change in weather. Thunderstorm, heavy rainfall lashed several parts across the state.
Shimla superintendent of police (SP) DW Negi said, “Out of the eight, three have been rescued. All the seven tourists were from Rahenwal village of Nawanshahr in Punjab. Search operation is on and nothing can be said for now.” He also said three people saved from the flash flood have been given the medical aid at community health centre in Sunni.
District administration spokesperson said a pump house at Mongri near Sunni was also damaged due to flash flood.
Rescued people have been identified as Fatah Singh, Sukhveer and Kamaljeet while the missing tourists are Sharampreet, Hardeep, Evanjot and Aman Singh from Rahenwal village in Nawanshahr. The tourist guide is identified as Pinku from Sirmaur district who is also among those missing. Shimla deputy commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur said he had informed the Nawanshahr deputy commissioner and also shared the details with him.
In the afternoon, heavy rains hit the mid and low altitude areas of the state, especially in Shimla district. All the rivulets were flooded for nearly two hours in the afternoon due to heavy rainfall, thunderstorm and hails.
Shimla meteorological centre has predicted heavy rainfall along with thunderstorm in the next two days. “In high and mid altitude areas, heavy rainfall is expected,” Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said. He further said, ”Advisory for heavy rainfall had been issued for Tuesday as well.”