The Hush Post: In a day when rain wreaked havoc and turned the intervening day and night into hell-like conditions for many, the death toll due to the heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh has reached 16. The people of Himachal Pradesh had never seen such catastrophic rain before.
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Eight people have lost their lives in Solan district and four in Mandi district due to the incessant drains. Three persons have lost their lives in Baddi where Maniarpur bridge has been washed away. Here is a video
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The Sirsa river was in full spate in Nalagarh and the Beas in Mandi is flowing above danger mark. The rain receded in most parts of the state by afternoon.
The school have been closed for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14, in Chamba, Mandi, Shimla, Hamirpur districts.
The Bajaura area in Kullu was inundated with water flowing everywhere after a bridge was washed away. About 15 people are reportedly missing, according to unconfirmed reports. The Balh valley was submerged in water making it look like an entire river flowing amidst the hills. A two -storeyed house crumbled down in Ramgarh in Nalagarh district but the residents of the house managed to save their lives after they exited at the right time.
Rescue work was hampered due to the continuous rain and the landslides were a major concern of worry as long queues were formed on roads, with people left stranded on both sides of the affected roads. Roads in Shimla where blockades had been witnessed near the High Court, Chalet Day school and byepass road have been cleared for movement of vehicles.
Six national highways and many state highways closed including
- Pathankot- Dalhousie highway
- Chandigarh – Shimla highway
- Kiratpur Manali highway
The muddy waters in river Parvati in Kasol was gushing down fiercefully causing people to move away from the areas surrounding it. Similar conditions prevailed in the Sainj valley in Kullu district where the Pagal nullah brought life to a standstill.
There has been no movement of HRTC buses in the upper Shimla area and other interior parts of the state.
The government authorities have pegged the total loss of property to the state in the rains this year till Sunday evening at Rs 512 cr, on Monday evening it reached Rs 774 cr, which means Rs 262 cr worth of property was lost within a few hours.
Meanwhile, the HP chief secretary, Vinit chaudhury held a meeting with all the deputy commissioners of all the districts of the state through video conferencing and took an update on the rescue work and loss of lives and property in the ensuing rains. The Chief Minister was updated on the whole matter.