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The Times of India (12/05/2016)

HP flash flood: No trace of 4 Punjab youths

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There is no trace of the four Punjab youth washed away in the flash flood following a cloudburst from Chewdi area of Sunni in Shimla district on Tuesday .The police and administration have launched a massive search operation in the area, but so far only the washed away vehicle has been traced.To intensify the search, the administration has called the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team for help.

Seven youth from Nawanshahar in Punjab -identified as Amana, Abanjot Singh, Saranpreet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Fateh Singh, and Kamaljit Singh -had come to Shimla on vacation. They had decided to enjoy river rafting in Satluj river, so they had taken the help of a local guide Titu, a resident of Sirmaur, said sources. On Tuesday , when they were moving in their vehicle in Chewdi area, they were caught in the flash flood and swept away , but Sukhbir, Fateh, and Kamaljit had a mi raculous escape, while the rest are not traceable.

Shimla deputy commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur said search is on to trace the five missing youth, including four from Punjab. He said that the NDRF's 7th Battalion has been called from Bathinda, while police, fire department, and home guard personnel are already tracing the missing persons, while relatives and family members of the missing persons too have been apprised about the situation. He said those missing after the cloudburst belonged to Nawanshahar, so the district administration is in touch with officials from Nawanshahar. “All required steps are being taken to trace the missing people,“ he added.

He said that in the flash flood, other local people have been affected, and they are being provided relief money . He said the house of Hari Ram of Chewdi was damaged, so he was given a relief amount of Rs25,000, while other villagers -including Nand Lal -was given Rs20,000, Nimma Ram Rs 10,000, and Bhagat Ram Rs 5,000 as relief. He said power supply in the area had been restored, and soon the road would be opened for the movement of light vehicles, while efforts are on to restore water supply in the area.

The Times of India (12/05/2016)