Himachal: 200 stranded in Kinnaur due to bad weather

Over 200 people remained stranded in rain-ravaged Kinnaur district for the past ten days as rescue operations were today hampered and IAF and state choppers could not take off due to bad weather.

Choppers were positioned at Rampur, Rekong Peo to make sorties to Pooh, Nako, Gaybang and other places but weather conditions were not conducive due to rain and fog, officials here said.

The IAF and state choppers have so far evacuated 1,395 people but about 200 people, including local residents, are still waiting at various places for the choppers.

“We will start sorties as soon as weather improves and try to evacuate maximum persons today,” officials coordinating the chopper flights said.

The polling in Kinnaur assembly segment of Mandi parliamentary constituency, which was earlier slated for June 23, will be held tomorrow at numerous places and over 52,000 voters would exercise their franchise.

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