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Posted at: May 11, 2016, 1:28 AM; last updated: May 11, 2016, 3:22 PM (IST)

5 missing in HP cloudburst

Vehicle with 7 from Punjab, Nepalese guide washed away; three safe

60 km from Shimla...

  • Cloudburst occurred over Ganvi hills and floodwater headed towards LotiNullah and Mongri
  • Seven tourists from Nawanshahr and a guide were washed away in gushing waters while they were still sitting in their vehicle
  • Three tourists had a miraculous escape, while the five others (including the guide) could not be traced so far
5 missing in HP cloudburst
The cloudburst site at Chaba near Shimla. Photo: ANI

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 10

Five persons, including four tourists from Punjab and a Nepalese guide, were reportedly washed away as a cloudburst triggered flash flood in the Loti Nullah (a tributary of the Sutlej that flows into Kol Dam) and Mongri.

A Scorpio with eight persons on board was washed away in the Loti Nullah waters near Chaba. 

Three of them had a miraculous escape, while five could not be traced. The incident occurred on the Sunni-Luhri road, 60 km from here.

Sources said the cloudburst occurred over the Ganvi hills and the floodwater headed towards Loti Nullah and Mongri. 

The tourists had reportedly gone there for river rafting, said DD Sharma, Special Secretary, Disaster Management. They belonged to Nawanshahr in Punjab, said sources. 

The survivors —Sukhbir Singh, Fateh Singh and Kamaljit Singh — were admitted to the Community Health Centre at Sunni, while search for the missing five was on. Those yet to be traced are Saranpreet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Abanjot Singh, Amana and guide Titu. An alert has been sounded in the Kol Dam area.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall was reported in several parts of the state, triggering landslides in the interior areas of Shimla, Kangra, Solan, Kullu and Mandi districts. Dharamsala recorded 35.4 mm rainfall, Solan 26 mm, Shimla 23 mm, Chail 18 mm, Sundernagar 15.4 mm, Kangra 15 mm, Una 13 mm and Bilaspur 6.

Thunderstorm and hailstorm warning has been issued for the mid-hills.

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