The students from IIT Roorkee, who were stranded in Lahaul Valley as landslides triggered by incessant rain, heavy snow blocked the road links to Manali.
According to IANS reports, as conveyed by an official over phone from Manali, “Nearly 40 students of IIT-Roorkee were taken to an Army base camp at Sissu from where they were brought to Manali via Rohtang tunnel”
A total of 249 people have been rescued so far, and 300 still stranded, reports IANS
35-40 students of IIT-Roorkee, five residents of Kolkata and two German trekkers were among 249 persons rescued on Tuesday from the icy heights of Himachal Pradesh in a joint operation by the district administration and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), officials said.
The Indian Air Force will start airlifting the stranded people, comprising locals and tourists, believed to be around 500 on Wednesday morning. They will be brought to Manali and Kullu towns.
They have been stranded for the past two-three days at various locations in and around district headquarters Keylong after the onset of heavy snow that hampered road links. All are safe and have been provided accommodation and eatables, officials said.
Most of the stranded people were shifted to Keylong, which is 121 km from Manali, and from there, they would be either airlifted by the IAF or brought to Manali by road on Wednesday.
As per government spokesperson “The priority in airlifting will be given to old, sick and women,” and has advised tourists not to venture into remote areas of the state as chances of snow were still high.