By: ML Verma
Shimla: After incessant rains in the Satluj catchment area, the Hindustan Tibet Highway-22 remained blocked for about 12 hours, meanwhile moderate to heavy rainfall disrupted normal life at most places in Himachal Pradesh during last 24 hours.
A massive landslide come over NH-22 near Taradevi, 12 km from Shimla at 11 pm on Saturday night, disrupted traffic on it till 11 am this morning. HRTC official said that many inter-state buses plying on the Shimla-Chandigarh route were diverted via Phail link road till the landslide was cleared. The road is still closed for vehicles due to landslides at Maling Nalha near Recong-Peo.
Baijnath in Kangra district recorded 48 mm rainfall till noon today, Bhuntar in Kullu 37.5 mm, Dharamsala in Kangra 22.2 mm, Jubbar-Hatti in Shimla and Solan town 18 mm each. Kasauli of Solan district and Mandi had 11 mm each rainfall, Hamirpur & Kotkhai in Shimla and Sundernagar of Mandi 9 mm each. Nahan in Sirmaur 10 mm, Theog of this distirct 8 mm & Nurpur of Kangra district 7mm and Shimla town 5 mm.
Minimum temperature at Dharamsala, Mandi Keylong and Shimla was 16 degrees Celsius each, Sundernagar 21.3 degrees, Bhuntar 19 degrees, Kalpa 13.5 degrees, Una and Mandi 22.8 degrees each, Nahan 17.7 degrees and Solan 20.5 degrees.
The meteorological department said the South West Monsoon remained mostly erratic in Himachal Pradesh in July. State Meteorological Centre director Manmohan Singh told HimVani that Monsoon was 8 per cent in excess in the first fortnight of July, but reduced to 10 per cent less than normal till the end of the month.
Seven districts, mostly in the foothills, recorded deficit rainfall. Kangra recorded 41 per cent less rainfall as it had only 339 mm rainfall compared to 585.8 mm (the normal figure) followed by Chamba with 32 per cent less rainfall having 231.6 mm rainfall compared to 339 mm normal. Hamirpur and Una district recorded 18 per cent less rainfall each, Lahaul & Spiti and Mandi had 11 and 10 per cent deficit and Bilaspur six per cent.
Kinnuar 143 per cent more rainfall at 133,7 mm, compared to 47.8 normal figures, followed by Kullu with 27 per cent, Shimla 10 per cent, Sirmour 8 per cent and Solan 7 per cent.