New Delhi: At least 50 people which included 35 students from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, who had gone trekking in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul and Spiti district and were missing have been rescued safely, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

The trekkers were rescued Tuesday morning and are safe at Koksar camp in Lahaul-Spiti, Keylong SDM Amar Singh Negi. They had gone missing from Lahaul-Spiti where they were on a trip.

While speaking to ANI, Rajvir Singh, father of one of the students said that the group had gone trekking to Hamta trekking pass in Kullu and were supposed to return to Manali but till now no contact could be established with the group.

Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh has thrown life out of gear in the state. Normal life has been paralysed with schools being directed to remain closed in Kangra, Kullu and Hamirpur districts on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. Heavy rains and snowfall claimed at least eight lives on Monday. Meanwhile, over eight hundred school students were stranded in the state as incessant rainfall continued and triggered landslides which ultimately snapped over 200 road links.

The Chandigarh-Manali highway beyond Mandi town and the Pathankot-Chamba highway were also hit. Manali, Chamba and Dalhousie towns were cut off from rest of the state. As the water level in rivers and streams increased following the incessant rain, a man was swept away by the swelling Nahad Khad (rivulet) in Kangra, the district administration said on Monday.

Meanwhile, the district administration has sounded a “high alert” in Kullu where initial loss of property in the recent rain has been estimated at over Rs 20 crores. As per MeT department, heavy rains are likely to lash the state for another five days.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Bhakra Management Board (BBMB) dam authorities are set to release 49,000 cusecs water from Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh’ district. The decision to release water was taken after the level of the dam rose by 11.11 feet in the last 36 hours. Pong Dam, also known as Beas Dam, reached at 1386.84 feet-mark on Monday at 11 pm against the danger level of 1390 feet.