Four persons who were caught in a blizzard and stranded at Rakshi Dhank, 5 kms from Rohtang Pass, for past three days were on Tuesday rescued by special teams sent from Manali and Keylong.
    
Their jeep was buried almost up to the roof under the snow and high velocity bone-chilling winds and intermittent snowfall kept them on tenterhooks but finally they were rescued and airlifted to Kullu.
    
Lahaul-Spiti Deputy Commissioner Beer Singh Thakur said that all four passengers have been rescued and airlifted to Kullu and are in good health.
    
Two dead bodies which were recovered on Monday and a person rescued on Monday as well have also been airlifted to Kullu.
    
The mercury dipped to -8.2 degree Celsius at Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti, -4.2 degree at Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district and Manali, 0 degree in Bhuntar, 1.1 degrees in Sundernagar, 1.5 degrees at Dalhousie and 2.3 degrees at Shimla and Solan, three notches below normal.
    
Palampur recorded the minimum temperature at 3.5 degrees while Una and Nahan recorded a low of 4.7 degrees and 4.9 degrees respectively, followed by Dharamsala 4.6 degrees.
    
Water tapes were frozen at many places in Shimla and surrounding areas. Thick ground frost occurred in the morning hours, hampering vehicular traffic.
    
However, maximum day temperature rose by few notches across the state and Una was hottest in the region with a high of 20.2 degree while Sundernagar and Solan recorded maximum temperatures at 19.3 degrees and 19.0 degrees respectively.
    
Bhunter had a high of 17.8 degrees, while Nahan had maximum temperature of 17.5 degrees, followed by Dharamsala and Shimla - 14.7 degrees and Kalpa 9.4 degrees Celsius.
    
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the region over next four days.

(Agencies)

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