70 tourists struck in snow in Chitkul, Kinnaur

Chitkul – File Photo

Shimla|| Seventy tourists including 34 women and 11 children are struck in Chitkul due to unseasonal snow and rain in Himachal Pradesh. The stranded tourists are likely to be evacuated on Saturday. All tourist are from Barsat, Kolkata.

Chitkul, the last Indian village near China border in Kinnaur district. The road connectivity with Chikul has been disrupted due to heavy snowfall and sliding glaciers.

Chitkul is located some 250km from Shimla, at an altitude of around 11,320 feet. It is the highest village of Baspa valley in Kinnaur. At present, the area is covered under 3-4 feet snow.

“We reached here on April 4th. It’s snowing since then. We were carrying dry food with us. But our stock is depleting fast. There is no way we can replenish our stock,” said Sukanto Sikdar, one of the stranded tourists.

On Thursday this week 5 trekkers were rescued from Rashol near Jari in Kullu out of which two died and 3 were in critical condition.