Nine people missing in cloudburst in Lahaul

Shimla: Heavy rain since Tuesday night has wreaked havoc in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Police and ITBP jawans have started search operation, with one dead
body recovered while nine people are missing in the floods due to a cloudburst in Lahaul valley of district Lahaul Spiti.
Two bodies were recovered on Wednesday. Heavy rains in the last 24 hours have wreaked havoc in the state,Disaster Management Director Sudesh Mokhta said.
He said two tents of labourers and a JCB machine and a vehicle have also been washed away in the floods. Apart from this, a 19-year-old youth Mohammad Altaf of Jammu and Kashmir has been injured. The administration has admitted him to a hospital.
The flood in Tojing Nala near Tholang village, 10km from the district headquarter Keylong, has caused heavy damage. Four people of BAO 94 RCC, two labourers of Airtel VTN, seven people going in a jeep towards Pangi Killar have been washed away.
Three people have been rescued and one has been referred to Kullu. Mohan Singh (38) of village Chhating, sub-division Udaipur is seriously injured and has been referred to Keylong. Mohan’s family members have been rescued and sent to Jahlma.
Mobile connectivity is disrupted in the entire section up to Udaipur though Airtel network is presently functioning in Udaipur. AnNDRF unit demanded by DC Lahal Spiti, have left for the incident site.
SP Lahaul Spiti Manav Verma said rescue teams led by DSP are standing on the spot along with personnel of DDMA, ITBP and BAO.

He informed that as the Jahlma bridge has been washed away in the flood. Udaipur has been cut off from Keylong. Panic has spread among the people of Jahlma, Goharma, Phuda, Kothi and Spading villages due to flood in Lahalma drain. The cloudburst has caused floods in Keylong’s Sakas drain, including Billing, Laut, Shansha, Jahlma, Kamaring and Dhirot drains.
Due to excess water coming in Jahlma and Sakas drains, farmers and gardeners including BRO have suffered huge losses. The Manali-Leh road has been blocked due to flood in the drain.
The administration has stopped tourists in Keylong and Jispa.