Update: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister has said that the 45 students from IIT Roorkee who had gone missing in Lahaul-Spiti were safe.
The group of 50 trekkers which includes IIT Roorkee students are safe in Sissu area of Lahul-Spiti: Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur pic.twitter.com/BDpqp65xGz— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2018
Meanwhile, IIT officials have told Huffpost India that the students had reached base camp and arrangements were being made to for communicating with the students.
They said the students may be rescued by chopper.
Others have also been rescued, reported ANI:
#HimachalPradesh: Two German nationals rescued by Indian Air Force from Pingdom La, Lahaul-Spiti district. They were caught in a blizzard since two days. Air Force launched operation at 6 am today and the two were rescued successfully by 7am.— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2018
Forty-five students from IIT Roorkee went missing from the Lahaul-Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh after heavy snowfall and rains in the state.
Reports say that they had gone trekking in mountainous regions and families have lost contact with them.
Rajvir Singh, the father of Ankit Bhati, one of the students who has gone missing, told ANI that the group had gone trekking to Hamta pass in Kullu and were supposed to have returned to Manali.
Himachal Pradesh: 45 ppl including 35 IIT Roorkee students are missing in Lahul Spiti. Rajvir Singh, father of one of the students Ankit Bhati, said that they had gone for trekking to Hamta trekking pass in Kullu & were supposed to return to Manali, but now they've lost contact— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018
ANI reported that several others, including foreigners, have gone missing.
Himachal Pradesh: A group of 8 people, comprising a woman from Brunei Sanjida Tuba, a man from The Netherlands Abby Lim&6 Indian nationals Priyanka Vora, Payal Desai, Dipika, Divya Aggarwal, Abhinav Chandel&Ashok have gone missing from Lahaul-Spiti where they were going on a trip— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018
Himachal Pradesh has seen heavy snowfall and rains in the last few days affecting daily life in the state.
PTI reported that the Lahaul-Spiti district saw heavy snow fall with the Rohtang Pass receiving over 1.5 feet of snow.
The report said Manali in Kullu district received the highest rainfall of 127.4 mm, followed by Dharamshala (125.2 mm), Una (124.2 mm), Gagret (118 mm), Jogindernagar (115 mm), Sujanpur (112 mm), Bharwain (110 mm), Nadaun (104 mm), Baijnath (97 mm), Kangra (97.5 mm).
Himachal Pradesh: Situation in Mandi district improves after heavy rainfall lashed the state yesterday pic.twitter.com/2CoECMhj7S— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2018
The Times of India reported that two people had died in the rainfall.
Crops were also damaged in the state.
Karnal: Incessant heavy rainfall in the state have damaged crops. Farmers say, 'It has been raining continuously since 3 days. All the crops are damaged. The crops which we had already sent to the market are damaged too & are not getting any buyer.' #Haryana (24.09.2018) pic.twitter.com/ORumOr3m5G— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018