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Kullu bad weather: 23 students, 3 teachers rescued after 12-hour ordeal

“The children and teachers had spent the whole night under some rocks and they had nothing for safety," said police.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla |
April 16, 2015 9:39:20 pm

Twenty three students of Yadavindra Public School (YPS) Patiala and three teachers, were rescued Thursday morning after they were stranded for over 12 hours in Kullu’s high-risk Bashaleo valley following inclement weather, thunderstorm and rains on Wednesday night.

Bashaleo valley of the Seraj mountains is considered one of the most challenging and risky treks. Deputy Commissioner Kullu Rakesh Kanwar said all the students and staff were safely brought to Kullu, and provided all the necessary help including clothing and food. They had spent the entire night in the valley without food and shelter. Three students were also separated from the troupe and were found only this morning.

The students along with three teachers were on a trekking expedition and were caught unaware in the bad weather last evening. The district administration received information about them around 10 pm and rushed rescue teams from Kullu and Nirmand areas along with police, food, blankets and medical aid. But, the parties returned without any success till 2 am.

The operation resumed early morning from different areas of Kullu district with the help of Deputy Commissioner and Additional DC Vinay Singh.

“The children and teachers had spent the whole night under some rocks and they had nothing for safety. The guides had also deserted them and no proper tents and woollens were brought by the school group, ” Kanwar said.

He said the administration will write to the school management to convey their strong displeasure over timing of the camp they had chosen and also a calculated risk the management had taken to send the school children unprepared. The district authorities were also not informed in advance.

Himachal Pradesh last year had gone through a major tragedy when 24 engineering students from Hyderabad were washed away in Beas river following opening of the flood gates of the Larji project’s water reservoir without any warning. The students had gone to the river bed and were caught totally unaware.

The state government had later sent advisories to the states to take precautions while sending the school and college trips .

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