State chief secretary 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 Bara Bhangal on Saturday. The other team will leave for Bara Bhangal 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 secretary 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.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur 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.
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