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1 Dead, 9 Missing After Flash Floods in Himachal's Lahaul Spiti

People living near low-lying areas are being safely evacuated.

People living near low-lying areas are being safely evacuated.

One person was killed and nine people went missing after a flash flood in Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday night.

One person was killed and nine people went missing after a flash flood in Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday night. The incident occurred in Tozing Nullah in Udaipur sub-division of the district. The authorities are involved in rescue and relief operations. Heavy rainfall in various districts of Himachal Pradesh has wreaked havoc and affected the livelihood of the residents of the state. Movement on four national highways has been suspended due to incessant rainfall for the last two days.

Flash flood occurred in the Udaipur sub-division of Lahaul Spiti district on Tuesday at 8 pm. A man who was injured, 19-year-old Mohammad Altaaf was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Currently, disaster management and Indo-Tibetan Border Police teams are searching for missing persons. People living near low-lying areas are being safely evacuated.

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first published:July 28, 2021, 13:04 IST