Over 800 students and their teachers, who had gone to Himachal’s Chamba district to participate in a sports competition, are stranded in a remote Holi area of tribal Bharmour sub-division due to landslides.
Also stranded are around 300 people, including locals, Buddhist monks, foreign tourists and students in Lahaul and Spiti, the tribal district which has been cut-off from the rest of the state due to heavy snowfall.
On students stranded in Chamba, Prithi Pal Singh, additional district magistrate (ADM) Bharmour, said, “All the students are safe. They are lodged at Government School, Holi. The administration is making every effort to restore the road which has been blocked at three-four locations.”
He said that villagers and administrative officials are taking care of their food and other requirements.
According to the reports, 150 roads in Chamba district including many national highways have been blocked due to landslides.
Twenty-five people have died in flashfloods, landslides, roof-collapse and other incidents triggered by incessant rain in north India. Eight deaths have been reported from Himachal Pradesh, seven from J&K, six from Punjab, and four from Haryana.