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Two teams formed to rescue shepherds in Bara Bhangal

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

The government Saturday formed two teams to rescue shepherds who were stranded in area of district following a sudden snowfall.

State chief B K Agarwal in an official statement said one of the two teams had left from Baijnath on Friday. This team reached Holi and has left for on Saturday. The other team will leave for on Sunday, he said.

The team comprises Bara Bhangal patwari, four mountaineers and three locals who are expert and familiar with the path, he said, adding 20 pairs of long shoes had also been sent with the team.

He said the team would camp in Bara Bhangal area and would remain in constant contact with the shepherds and the administration.

The chief said the second team of 15 members including three trainers from Mountaineering Institute Manali and 12 local people will leave for Bara Bhangal on Sunday. This team will depart from Multhan towards Muraldhar-Thamsar, he said, adding the team had been provided with adequate eatables and blankets.

It will try to trace the body of a shepherd who died there reportedly a few weeks ago, he added.

had expressed concern over the difficulties being faced by the shepherds stranded due to heavy and unpredicted snowfall in a meeting held in Shimla recently and issued necessary directions for their rescue, shelter and assistance.

The chief said that district administration had been issued directions to keep continuous vigil on the situation. Adequate eatables are being provided to shepherds, he added.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 19:45 IST