Five tourists from Delhi trapped in heavy snow in Lahaul and Spiti were rescued, while over 500 vehicles stranded between Atal Tunnel Rohtang and Dhundi in Himachal Pradesh have been moved to safer places, police said on Tuesday.

The vehicles started skidding on the road on Monday following heavy snow. The Kullu district police supervised the rescue operation on Monday night as temperatures dropped significantly.

The commuters were advised not to apply brakes and asked to move at a snail's pace in first gear to avoid skidding, Deputy Superintendent of Police KD Sharma, who supervised the rescue operation on Monday night, said.

The Lahaul and Spiti Police on Monday evening rescued five tourists from Delhi whose SUV was trapped in Kaumik near Kaza following heavy snow in the region.

The police party rescued these people with the help of Taxi Union Kaza and arranged accommodation for their stay. The tourist had called 112 helpline and sought help, officials said.

A total of 14 roads, including two national highways, have been closed for traffic in Himachal Pradesh following heavy snow, an official said on Monday.

Source: PTI