The Hush Post: Heavy rains and cloudburst wreaked havoc in hill state Himachal Pradesh on Monday. Eight people lost their lives. Three people got washed away near Manali on Sunday night as their vehicle fell into the Beas river in full spate. Two people were washed away in the Parbati river in the Manikaran valley while one girl died near Bajaura. Both incidents occurred in Kullu, one of the worst affected districts by flash floods.
A man drowned near Palampur town in Kangra district, while another was killed when a factory building was washed away in Una district.
In Kullu district’s Nagwain, the Indian Air Force rescued two persons stranded near in heavy rain. The rain resulted in flash floods there. The flash floods in the area washed away two scooters and a car, the report said.
“Fire brigade and rescue teams are at the spot. They are waiting for the water level to recede. The Kangra district administration made a requisition to the Army Monday morning to rescue them,” an official said.
An overflowing Beas river has submerged several roads on either side of the river after an incessant rain.
Shimla MeT Centre releases rainfall data
As per the Shimla MeT Centre, Dalhousie in Chamba district experienced 170 mm rain in the past 24 hours, followed by Chamba 117 mm, Manali 121 mm, Kangra 120.8 mm, Palampur 108 mm, Dharamshala 62.6 mm and Una 62 mm. State capital Shimla experienced 23.1 mm rainfall, the report said.
Yunus Khan, Deputy Commissioner of Kullu district issued a ‘high alert’ warning the public not to go near rivers and nullahs as flood-like situation prevailed.
Authorities opened the gates of four dams including Larji, Pandoh, and Sanan in Mandi and Chamera in Chamba which worsened the situation downstream.