Shimla, Kinnaur paralyzed by rains


By: ML Verma

Shimla: A watchman of state public work department, Nimiya, belonging to Jharkhand, died as a temporary shed in which he was sleeping was hit by a boulder at Nathpa area of Kinnaur last night, injuring two others identified as Budh Ram and Birama.

The death toll due to current rains in Himachal Pradesh has gone to five as two persons were reported killed in Kangra district as well, besides three deaths in Kinnaur. Fresh reports state that more than 150 tourists are still stranded at various places in Sangla valley as they could not be evacuated due to prevailing inclement weather conditions.

Most link roads in Kinnaur and Shimla districts have been blocked due to landslides after heavy rainfall. While power supply in most parts of Kinnaur has been resumed, mobile and landline phone services have been badly hit, creating hurdles in rescue operations.

Reports received from Chamba said that high reaches of Pangi and Bharmaur had light snowfall and sleet whereas downstream areas were being lashed by drizzling. Shimla and Sirmaur received very heavy rainfall which was continue till the filing this report. Kumarsen and Theog of Shimla had 55 mm rain each, Jubbar Hatti 47 mm and Sunni Bajji 20mm, respectively.

Sangrah of Sirmaur 47 mm, Rajgarh 44 mm, Pachhad 29 mm, Renuka 25 mm and Nahan 15 mm respectively. In Mandi district Dharmpur experienced 43 mm rain, Gohar 30 mm, Karsog 23 mm, Baldawara 12 mm Sundernagar 11 mm, Pondoh 9mm and Mandi town 7 mm, respectively.

In Solan district Arki in Solan 42 mm, Kandaghat 40 mm, Solan town 39 mm and Nalagarh 31 mm. Seobaga in Kullu 26 mm, Bhuntar 21.6 mm, Bhanjar 11 mm and Manali 3 mm, respectively.

Minimum temperature in Shimla and Dharamsala was 14 degree Celsius each, Sundernagar and Una 21 degrees each, Bhuntar and Solan 19.1 degrees each, Kalpa 11.7, Mandi 22 degrees, Nahan 17.5 degrees, Keylong 9.9 degrees and Palampur 18 degrees.

The Met office warned that heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places in the state during next 24 hours, rain or thunder showers at many places in plain and middle hills and rain or snow at many places in high reaches of Himachal Pradesh.

While the 475-km-long Manali-Leh road is officially closed from Keylong to Leh after 15 September, traffic till Manali has been moving at a snail’s pace due to heavy slush on the road, said Sher Singh Thakur, Lahaul & Spiti district information officer.

The Kharapathar-Theog highway, which was reopened for traffic after three days yesterday, has again been disrupted at Gumma. Meanwhile, excessive rain and vehicles on the road also creating traffic jam for many hours on the Shimla-Kufri road.

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