Shimla: Following widespread rains in Himachal Pradesh over the last one week, the state government today sounded a flood alert in three districts – Shimla, Kinnaur and Bilaspur. People living in low-lying areas adjoining Satluj have been asked to move to safer places as the river is in spate.
Earlier, the state government had asked the Centre to extend a financial help of Rs 734.54 crore to meet damage caused by heavy rains in the state. The government had claimed that as many as 146 people had lost their lives as a result of heavy rains in the state. Besides, orchardists and farmers had been worst-hit by the ongoing heavy downpour, which had also caused extensive damage to roads, bridges, public and private properties. Due to excessive water in the Bhakra reservoir, authorities have also opened seven of the nine floodgates to allow the water to flow downstream, which may also cause flooding in the plains.