Six persons on a trek from Jakha to Sangla in Himachal Pradesh went missing after rains and snowfall battered the higher regions in the state leaving hundreds stranded.
The six, of which three are locals from Jubbal, began their trek on 21 September before the weather in the state took a turn for the worst.
The three locals have been identified as Puneet, Nikhil and Ashutosh. The other three are said to be from Delhi. All of them are under the age of 27 years.
A rescue team was sent to search the six persons on Tuesday after the weather improved slightly and hundreds of stranded tourists in Lahaul-Spiti were evacuated to safety by IAF choppers. The team will move from Jankha.
Another rescue team comprising personnel of the Kinnaur Police will be sent with jawans of the ITBP via the Rupin pass.
Both teams will initiate the rescue missions on Wednesday.
Earlier today, around 200 persons, including group of 40-45 students of IIT-Roorkee, were rescued from the icy heights of Himachal Pradesh in a joint operation by the district administration and Central forces.
Most of those rescued were stranded in Sissu in the Lahaul Valley as landslides triggered by heavy snow damaged the road links to Manali.
At least three IAF choppers were deployed for rescue mission. The choppers conducted multiple sorties to evacuate the stranded people to safety.
The IIT students were on a trekking expedition in Lahaul-Spiti when they got stranded.
“The group of 50 trekkers which includes IIT-Roorkee students are safe in Sissu area of Lahaul and Spiti,” Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur had told ANI.
According to reports, CM Thakur has sought an immediate financial assistance of Rs 200 crore from the Centre for undertaking rescue and relief operations in view of the damage caused by the heavy rain.
The Chief Minister said he spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman regarding the natural calamity.
Heavy rains and snowfall in Himachal Pradesh on Monday claimed eight lives and hundreds, including school students, remained stranded across the state after incessant rainfall for the third consecutive day, triggering landslides and snapping over 200 road links, officials said.
Three people were washed away near Manali late on Sunday night when their vehicle fell into the swollen Beas river.
Elsewhere, two people were washed away in the Parbati river in the Manikaran valley, while one girl died near Bajaura. Both incidents occurred in Kullu, one of the worst affected districts by flash floods.
A man was drowned in a swollen rivulet near Palampur town in Kangra district, while another was killed when a building was washed away in a rivulet in Una district.
Several houses in Kullu town were swept away in flash floods as the Beas is flowing above the danger mark.
Around 1,000 school students have been moved to safer places in Holi area of Chamba. They had gathered there for the 23rd District Primary School Sports Tournament, a government spokesperson told IANS.
A government spokesperson here advised tourists not to venture into remote areas of the state as chances of snow were still high.
(With inputs from agencies.)