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Five employees of the forest department were among the 10 rescued.Pic: ANI

Himachal Pradesh rains: NDRF rescues 10 people trapped in reservoir

In a difficult operation conducted overnight, the NDRF rescued ten people stuck in the reservoir due to the heavy logs and silt that had collected with the heavy rains

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Ten people who were trapped in the reservoir at the Kol Dam Hydel Project in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district have been rescued by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) after an overnight operation, officials said on Monday (August 21).

Five employees of the forest department were among the 10 rescued.

A large number of logs had floated into the reservoir following heavy rains in the past few days and the five employees, along with some locals, had gone to take stock of the situation.

However, their boat got trapped due to the heavy silt and logs near Tattapani, they said. A team of the 14th Battalion of the NDRF left for the site in a steamer boat of the dam authority around 11:30 pm on Sunday night (August 20) while one of the NDRF swimmers anchored the boat.

The rescue operation was completed around 2:30 am, officials said.

It was a difficult operation as navigation became tough during the night. All the ten people have been rescued safely, deputy commissioner, Mandi, Arindam Chaudhary, who was at the spot, told PTI.

(With inputs from agencies)

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