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Schools, Highways Shut as Heavy Rains Hit Normal Life in Himachal Pradesh

The Chandigarh-Manali National Highway-21 has been closed for vehicles near Mandi town, an official said. Likewise, the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway-5 was hampered near Jabli town in Solan district.

IANS

Updated:August 13, 2018, 3:26 PM IST
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Schools, Highways Shut as Heavy Rains Hit Normal Life in Himachal Pradesh
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Shimla: Heavy downpour since the past 24 hours has wreaked havoc in Himachal Pradesh leaving 16 people dead and damaging property worth crores. Solan district suffered the maximum casualties as four members of a family were buried under a landslide in Gohda while 3 persons were reported dead in Baddi.

Similarly, two persons died in Ladrour in Hamirpur after rocks fell on their house Sunday night. Deaths were also reported from Mandi (3) Una (3) and Bilaspur (1) districts.

Heavy rains also led to the washing away a bridge in tribal Kinnaur district on Monday and prompting authorities to close schools in Shimla, Kangra and Solan, officials said.

Several roads across Himachal Pradesh have been closed as heavy rains have triggered landslides in some areas.

District officials said Rispa bridge in Kinnaur was washed away due to heavy rains. The district administration is trying to restore movement by setting up a span bridge.

In view of the alarming situation of the silt in the reservoir after heavy rain caused huge inflow in Beas River, Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) authorities are releasing water from Pandoh Dam in Mandhi district since 9 am, offiicials said.

A warning has been issued for tourists and people residing in low-lying areas not to go near the Beas River as water is being released from the Pandoh Dam.

BBMB authorities have informed the district administration that the outflow would increase gradually and the release of water from the dam would continue till 3 pm tomorrow, he said, adding tourists and the people residing in low-lying areas have been warned not to go near the river.

The district administration is keeping a close watch on the situation, he added.

Kangra Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar said residents can call 1077 in case of an emergency.

The MeT department has warned that heavy to very heavy rainfall may continue till Tuesday.

As per data provided by the Meteorological Centre, Shimla, 239 mm rain was recorded in Paonta Sahib followed by 238 mm in Sujanpur Tihra,.
Other places which received rains include Nehri in Mandi district (235 mm), Palampur (212 mm), Shimla (172.6 mm), Kangra airport (167.9 mm), Sundernagar (151.4 mm), Dharamshala (142.8 mm), Jubbarhatti (146.2 mm), Jwali in Kangra district (136 mm), Kasauli (134 mm), Bharwain in Una district (119 mm), Solan (110 mm), Chamba (78 mm), Dalhousie (72 mm) till 8.30 am.

The Sangla-Karcham road has been blocked due to landslides at Ruturang in Kinnaur district, a district official said, adding that boulders are still falling due to which the road may not be cleared by tomorrow.

In Shimla, a vehicle was damaged due to landslide at Phase-3, Kangnadhaar.

Similarly in Kangra district Darohgarh-Jamulla road, Shaman-Thural road, Duhak-Garthoon road, Gawal Till Stadium road and Thural-Challah roads have been closed due to landslides, an official said.

Besides the road has also been blocked at Panjpula in Chamba district following landslides.
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