NEWS
25/09/2018 12:06 PM IST | Updated 25/09/2018 12:10 PM IST

UPDATE: 45 IIT Roorkee Students Safe In Sissu Area Of Spiti, Says Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur

The students from IIT Roorkee had gonne trekking in the Lahaul-Spiti district and were said to be missing.

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Representative image.

Update: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister has said that the 45 students from IIT Roorkee who had gone missing in Lahaul-Spiti were safe.

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:

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.

ANI reported that several others, including foreigners, have gone missing.

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).

The Times of India reported that two people had died in the rainfall.

Crops were also damaged in the state.