As many as seven people were killed and ten others injured after a tourist vehicle rolled off a cliff in the Ghiyagi area of Banjar Valley in Kullu district on Sunday, police said.
The accident happened on NH305 around 8.30pm on Sunday.
Ashutosh Garg, deputy commissioner of Kullu district, said 17 people were in the vehicle, including the driver, according to the initial report.
All injured have been taken to hospital and are being treated.
“According to the initial report, there were 17 people in the vehicle, including the driver. Police, house guards and local administration teams have arrived at the scene. Some of them are feared dead and the priority is to save the lives and save the injured. ‘ said Mr Garg.
Gurdev Singh, Chief Inspector of Police (SP), Kullu said: “Seven people have died and ten others have been injured. Five injured have been taken to Zonal Hospital in Kullu and five are being treated in Banjar at a local hospital.”
Further details are awaited.
Earlier, a total of eighty-three tourists trapped in the Triund hill station due to heavy rain on Sunday were rescued, the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Dharamshala said.
SDM, Dharamshala, Shilpi Beakta told ANI that the government received a call around 1:30 p.m., after which they contacted the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
“Initially we received information that 11 people were trapped in Triund and around 5:00 pm our rescue team reached there. But our team then told us that there were a total of 83 people,” the SDM said.
The SDM further said that all 83 people were rescued safely and no one was injured.
“The 11 who sent us a distress call were rescued safely; in addition to them, 72 others were also safely rescued. No one was injured or injured and they were all from different states,” the SDM said.
Earlier, Himachal Pradesh State Emergency Operation Center informed about the incident in its bulletin
“Eleven tourists have been stranded near Triund. There are six women and five men, all from Punjab. The information has been shared with SDRF and Home Guards. The SDRF team has been rushed to the scene,” the bulletin said.
“Message received from DSP SDRF. All persons stranded on Triund were rescued by the SDRF team. In addition, 72 other tourists were rescued by the SDRF team,” the bulletin said.
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