Shep­herds stuck in Dhaulad­har moun­tains res­cued

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

DHARAMSHALA : A team com­pris­ing lo­cals from Kwarsi vil­lage of Bhar­mour sub-divi­sion in Chamba district res­cued two shep­herds along with their herd,who were stranded at the In­der­har pass in Dhaulad­har moun­tains.

Kwarsi pan­chayat chief Man­gat Ram, who led the res­cue team, said two shep­herds from Chan­hota vil­lage had set off to Kan­gra val­ley early this month.

They, how­ever, got stuck be­low the In­der­har pass due to snow­fall on Novem­ber 3.

The pan­chayat formed a res­cue team com­pris­ing six peo­ple which started to the moun­tain pass on Novem­ber 5.

It took two days for the team to reach the stranded shep­herds.

“The shep­herds and their herd have reached Kwarsi vil­lage safely. They will now cross the moun­tains through an al­ter­na­tive route if weather is favourable,” Man­gat Ram said.

Hun­dreds of shep­herds from Chamba, Kan­gra and Mandi cross Dhaulad­har moun­tains to reach pas­tures in high reaches in Chamba in sum­mer.

They re­turn to low ar­eas in win­ters af­ter snow­fall. In Oc­to­ber, the Kan­gra ad­min­is­tra­tion had res­cued around 100 shep­herds with an es­ti­mated 7,000 live­stock are trapped near 4,700 me­tre high Tham­sar Pass on Bir-Bara Bhan­gal trek in Dhaulad­har moun­tain range.The higher reaches in the state had wit­nessed early snow­fall from Septem­ber 22 to 24.floods.

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