Heavy rains hit Himachal Pradesh; Schools shut, roads blocked

RSTV Bureau
 Restoration works underway after a major landslide on the national highway near Malyana due to heavy rains, in Shimla on Saturday, Aug 11, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Restoration works underway after a major landslide on the national highway near Malyana due to heavy rains, in Shimla on Saturday, Aug 11, 2018. (PTI Photo)

An overnight heavy downpour in Himachal Pradesh wreaked havoc in several parts of the state.

All the schools including private were closed as the state reels under heavy rainfall with flash floods and landslides adding to the rain fury.

So far seven people have been killed and one child washed away due to heavy rains.

A bridge in tribal Kinnaur district has been washed away due incessant rainfall in the state. The district administration is trying to restore movement by setting up a span bridge.

Normal life came to a standstill as several roads have been closed due to landslides and hundreds of commuters and travellers were stranded due to halted vehicular movement. Five people were buried at Lamsar village near Kurgal in Kandaghat sub-division after debris from a landslide fell on two houses. Rescue operation is underway by SDM and police.

Three people were reportedly killed in Mandi district due to landslide incidents at several places.

Dozens of vehicles have been damaged in landslides and floods.

National Highway 3 (Chandigarh-Manali NH) has also been blocked to avoid any untoward incident.

The Badrinath National Highway in Uttarakhand is also closed since last night at Lambgarh after heavy rains brought down debris onto the road. The road clearing operation by the local administration is underway.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall may continue till Tuesday, the Met Centre warned while stating that it would decrease after that.

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 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 Tuesday.

Similarly in Kangra district Nagni-Gharana, Purba-Naura, Dheera-Kahanfat, Naura-Kayarwan, Thural-Bhatti, 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.