The Hush Post: Two incidents of cloudbursts at different places have been reported from the Pangi Valley in Chamba district in the torrential rains that has engulfed the entire state of Himachal Pradesh.
Massive destruction of roads and public infrastructure and private property was seen, though no loss of life has been reported from anywhere. Two bridges have been washed away and the Himurja power station has been shut down due to the debris of the cloudburst falling on it. Therefore, people living in 16 panchayats have been rendered powerless. There is no connectivity of the area with the rest of the world. Three ‘chakkis’ (where flour is grounded in a traditional manner) have been washed away.
According to news reports, the Tundru nullah started overflowing and a lot of debris mixed with mud, stone, slush and rubble invaded the low lying areas in all the places where the barrage of water found a way out.
A day ago, a cloudburst had occurred near Arki in Solan district. Manali also witnessed two cloudbursts recently in which many vehicles got buried in the debris.
A cloudburst is sudden abundant rainfall falling for a short period of time on a small geographical area. Meteorologists say the rain from a cloudburst is usually of the shower type with a fall rate equal to or greater than 100 mm (4.94 inches) per hour.
A lot of inconvenience is caused due to the sudden outburst of rain which hampers movement of locals and destroys public and private property. It may also cause loss of human lives if caught unaware.