Heavy rains in Himachal, rivers in spate, National Highway washed away in water

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Himachal Pradesh rain: Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh. There were also reports of shops being washed away in Manali and vehicles being washed away and agricultural land damaged in flash floods in nullahs in Kullu, Kinnaur and Chamba. A portion of National Highway 3 was washed away in the Beas river. Five people died in rain-related incidents in the state.

All major rivers including Ravi, Beas, Satluj, Chenab are in spate in the state. Tourists and travelers have been asked to avoid traveling during heavy rains and not to go near the river.

A landslide collapsed a house in Kothgarh area of ​​Shimla district, killing three family members. The deceased have been identified as Anil, his wife Kiran and son Swapnil. In Kullu town too, a landslide damaged a makeshift house, killing a woman. One person was buried under the grip of a landslide at Katian in Chamba tehsil.

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According to the State Disaster Response Centre, 13 landslides and 9 floods occurred in the state in the last 36 hours. As many as 736 roads remained blocked in the state till Sunday morning, while 1,743 transformers and 138 water supply projects were affected.

National Highway 21 remained blocked at ‘6 Mile’ in the state. This is the same place where passengers were stuck for 24 hours on June 27. The Mandi-Kullu road passing through the command remained closed near Goda Farm. The Manali-Chandigarh road also caved in near Manali.

Kullu Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Garg said that the Kullu-Manali road was blocked at many places due to landslides and falling stones. Beas river is in spate near Ramshila and traffic has been stopped for movement from Kullu to Manali and Manali to Atal Tunnel.

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He said that a landslide had also occurred on the Mandi-Kullu road, due to which only emergency vehicles were allowed to move through this route. The administration has prohibited tourists and local people from venturing out in the heavy rain.

All trains between Shimla and Kalka, a UNESCO heritage rail route, have been canceled as landslides and uprooting of trees blocked the rail route at several places.

The local meteorological office has issued a red alert (rainfall more than 204 mm) in 7 districts of the state. The office has also warned of the danger of flash floods in Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur and Mandi districts.

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Edited By : Nrapendra Gupta

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