Teams formed to res­cue shep­herds in Kan­gra

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

SHIMLA: The Hi­machal Pradesh govern­ment on Satur­day formed two teams to res­cue shep­herds who were stranded in Bara Bhan­gal area of Kan­gra dis­trict fol­low­ing a sud­den snow­fall.

State chief sec­re­tary (CS) BK Agar­wal in­formed that the state govern­ment had sent two teams to help stranded shep­herds at Bara Bhan­gal. 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.

There are nearly 150 stranded shep­herds along with 15,000 live­stock in Bara Bhan­gal.

The CS said that chief min­is­ter Jai Ram Thakur had is­sued nec­es­sary di­rec­tions for their res­cue, shel­ter and as­sis­tance.

Since it was not pos­si­ble to land he­li­copter in this area, hence the chief min­is­ter had di­rected us to find al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments to pro­tect the shep­herds at the ear­li­est, he added.

He said the team would camp in Bara Bhan­gal area and would re­main in con­stant con­tact with the shep­herds and the ad­min­is­tra­tion and in case shep­herds are in a need of any eco­nomic as­sis­tance, the money has also been sent.

The sec­ond team of 15 mem­bers, in­clud­ing three train­ers from Moun­taineer­ing In­sti­tute Manali and 12 lo­cal peo­ple will leave for Bara Bhan­gal on Sun­day, he said adding this team will de­part from Multhan to­wards Mu­rald­har-tham­sar.

The team had been pro­vided with ad­e­quate eat­a­bles and blan­kets, he said, adding that it will try to trace the body of a shep­herd who died there re­port­edly a few weeks ago, he added.

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