Week long rain fury continues in HP, sunshine gives slight respite


A week long South-West monsoon wreak havoc in this hill state derailing the normal lives however, sunshine today also brings slight respite to people. The people in this hill state living under constant looming of landslides and rolling down of boulders and flashflood moreover their vagaries render them helpless as power, water supply and road connectivity is adversely affected in the State. Deputy Commissioner Shimla Mr.Rohan Chand thakur said that during the last 24 hours district had a loss of Rs 5.60 Lakh property. This hill State recorded loss of Rs 300 Cr loss of property and taken lives of about 20 people.


During the day today sunshine for couple of hours gave people respite to bask in the sun after gap of many rainy days. Women folks were seen drying the wet clothes in the open having sigh of relief. Markets recorded sudden vitality in the state today as number of people come out of their home to buy their everyday need items. The State Administration which is yet to clear more than 132 disrupted roads keep the restoration work on war footing as 58 roads of division Kangra, 41 of Shimla and 32 of Mandi are still to be cleared and landslides cutting them from the mainstream of life.


Most of rivers including Beas, Satluj, Ravi rivers are flowing above danger mark and respective administration sound issued alert, advising residents to not venture near these water bodies. Moreover the water level in Pong Dam rose to danger mark after the heavy rainfall in the Kangra districts in the last 24 hours. Tourist resort Dalhousie got 127 mm rainfall, Ghumarwin in Bilaspur 96 mm, Gohar in Mandi 67 mm, Pandoh and Dharmshala 51 mm each, Ghumroor 32 mm, Nadaun of Hamirpur 30 mm, Gaggal in Kangra 19 mm.


The maximum temperature of Shimla was recorded at 24.4 degrees, Sundernagar of Mandi 32.5 degrees, Bhuntar in Kullu 33.2 degrees and Kalpa in Kinnuar 22.8 degrees respectively. Dharamshala was high at 26.6 degrees, Una 35.2 degrees, Nahan 28 degrees, Solan 27.5 degrees, Manali 22.6 degrees, Kangra 30.2 degrees. The Met office warned heavy rainfall in parts of Himachal Pradesh and rainfall in most parts of mid and foothills and many places in the high reaches.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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