11 trekkers  missing on HP-Uttrakhand trekking route

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Shimla, Oct 21
As may as 11 trekkers have gone missing on trekking route in between HP-UK border as they did not arrive on their schedule date at Chitkul village of Kinnaur district in Himachal, Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur Abid Husain Sadik said here.
As per information Eight trekkers and three cooks left for Chhitkul from Harsil of Uttarakhand on Oct 11 who are scheduled to arrived here on Oct 19 but they didn’t arrived and could not contacted so far, informed DC.
He said that trekkers are likely to be stranded on Lamkhaga pass are not traceable so far. We would update the information as soon as possible after finding their where about on the high altitude.
As per information received from the Devendera Patwal, officer of Uttrakhand District Disastar Management since they could not traceable they have alerted district administration Kinnaur.
Seven trekkers belonged to Kolkata and one from New Delhi likely to be traced with help of helicopter by the SDRF and Rescue team.
The assistance of ITBP is also being taken in this matter.
Deputy commissioner said that a Rescue team of ITBP was left for Lakhwaga pass at 0430hrs today.
An Army Helicopter from Uttarakhand is also  assisting to trace them and take part in rescue operation, DC said.
SDRF identified the stranded/missing trekkers as  Mithun Dari (31), Tanmay Tiwari (30), Vikash Makal (33), Saurav Ghosh (34), Saviayan Das (28), Richard Mandal (30), and Suken Manjhi (43), all from Kolkata and Anita Rawat (38yrs) hails from Delhi.
Devendra (37), Gyan Chandra (33) and Upendra (32), belonged to Purola area of Uttarkashi are engaged for cooking by the trekkers also missing.
Both the states witnessed heavy rain and unseasonal snow with thunderstorm as 15 People are already killed in Uttrakhand due to flash flood.
District Emergency Operation Centre Kinnaur said that heavy snowfall also reported between Oct 17 to 18 on the high reaches of Kinnaur. They added that it is likely that the missing trekkers may have been stranded due to the same though, there is no information about them sofar.
It is worth while to mention that Chitkul is last bordering village on India-Sino border and it is adjoining to Uttrakhand towards Southern side.

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