300 sheep dead, 2 shepherds missing in Himachal

Manali-Leh road cleared of snow

Shimla: More than 300 sheep have died and two shepherds are reported to be missing in higher reaches of Ruppi valley of Kinnaur after early snows in the area had rendered it inaccessible and snowbound.

Heavy snowfall on Thursday had caught the shepherds in the Ruppli valley unaware and they were unable to timely retreat to lower elevations with their herds, a report reaching the capital stated. Efforts to trace the missing shepherds were being made.

Elsewhere the authorities had been able to open up the Manali-Leh road to traffic. Tourists and others stranded on the route had been rescued.

A district official of Lahaul stated that about 280 passengers including 60 foreigners, who were stranded near the 16,020 feet Barlacha Pass had been rescued safely.

The over 15,000 feet Kunzum pass, which connects Lahaul valley with Spiti had also been cleared of snow, facilitating movement of men and material on the route, he added.

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