High altitude illness claims two lives on Manali-Leh Road
Shimla, June 22
In an eye opening incident on the night of 21-22 June, two tourists lost their lives while traversing the Manali-Leh road. The accompanying individuals stated that the incident occurred suddenly and was attributed to shortness of breath and High Altitude Sickness. The District Lahaul Spiti Police has expressed deep sadness while addressing the public about this unfortunate event.
Noteworthy, in a similar case, a man from Kolkotta in his forties also lost life due to High altitude exposure in Kaza of Spiti on June 20. The incidence took place while the tourist was checking out from Kaza to head for Manali.
The district of Lahaul Spiti is known for its high altitude, where the oxygen levels in the air decrease significantly. Visitors with pre-existing respiratory conditions are particularly vulnerable when exploring the elevated regions of this district. The lack of network connectivity in most high altitude areas, including the stretch beyond Darcha and the area from Gramphu to Losar, further exacerbates the challenge of obtaining immediate information and assistance during emergencies.
Superintendent of Police, Mayank Chowdhary has issued an urgent appeal to the general public. He strongly advises individuals with respiratory problems or their loved ones to refrain from traveling beyond Darcha on the high altitude areas, specifically the Manali-Leh road. Tourists undertaking this route are encouraged to carry oxygen cylinders, oxygen tablets, and other medical supplies to ensure they have access to immediate assistance during unforeseen circumstances. Additionally, all individuals and tourists traversing this route are urged to maintain proper hydration by drinking small sips of water at regular intervals to minimize the risk of such health complaints.
The District Lahaul Spiti Police emphasizes the significance of being well-prepared and informed about the potential dangers associated with high altitude regions.
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