The initial assertions from the BRO that everyone was safe along the Manali-Leh road sadly but predictably proved wrong yesterday.
Seven people were killed by an avalanche near Bharatpur Nullah . So far only one body , Tsering Dorje from Leh , has been found.
Two Germans trekkers enroute to Pin Parvati Pass managed to reach Kaza , but their porter , Uttam Singh from Kullu , died from hypothermia.
Four Belgians were airlifted to Kullu hospital for treatment of frostbite from Kaza. Three Nepalis working for the Geological Survey in Hampta Valley received also first aid for frostbite in Keylong as they had to for walk 31 hours in five-foot snow before they reached Chatru yesterday before being airlifted to treatment in Kullu.
Six persons , among them three Gaddi (!) have been transferred to Kullu for treatment of snow blindness after nearly a week in Chhattru.
Himachal Government said that 142 persons were evaced yesterday , but that even more still remain stranded. Airdrops of food , medications (Diamox , presumably ) and other essentials have been made en route to Sarchu and Batal.
A group of 22 trekkers and porters earlier reported missing in the Chandra Tal area managed to get to Batal under their own steam.