British trekkers rescued amid flash floods in Himalayas

A group of British trekkers have been airlifted from a remote part of Kashmir after becoming trapped following flash flooding in the Himalayas.

British trekkers rescued amid flash floods in HimalayasThe group of 20 students and three teachers were trekking in Ladakh region when they became trapped on Tuesday.

They were located by ground teams after a two-day search and 10 have since been airlifted to safety by the Indian Air Force, Kashmir officials said.

The rest will be rescued on Friday, after bad weather hampered efforts.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing consular assistance to a group of British nationals in the Ladakh region, Kashmir, and are in contact with local authorities for updates.”

Riyaz Masroor, BBC World Service correspondent, said it had taken two days for authorities to locate the missing group near Leh, in the mountainous Ladakh region, which is part of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Huge cloudburst

Indian Air Force helicopters had helped the search, our correspondent said, but it was local disaster management experts on the ground who traced the group.

According to officials in Kashmir, the 13 trekkers who remain stranded have enough food and supplies, he said.

Keniesha Mills, 40, from Wokingham, Berkshire, was among those rescued on Thursday.

She told the BBC the rest of the Britons are safe, but four trekkers had minor injuries. She said a huge cloudburst caused flash floods in streams when they were returning form the trek on Tuesday.

Several areas in Ladkah – a disputed territory between India and Pakistan that has attracted increasing numbers of adventure tourists in recent years – have suffered flooding in recent days.

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