Rain triggers landslips in Shimla, roads closed

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 22

With Shimla receiving 77 mm rain in less than 20 hours, incidents of landslides were reported at several places in the district.

Four vehicles, including a truck, were damaged after an uprooted tree fell on these on the Khalini-Kanlog road during the early hours today. The traffic on the stretch remained closed for over three hours. In another incident, a house was damaged in Phagali area. Ten roads — four in Mandi, two in Shimla and one each in Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur and Kullu — were still closed. Widespread rainfall occurred across the state. The local MeT office has warned of heavy rain in mid and lower hills of Kangra, Solan and Sirmaur on August 26 and predicted a wet spell in the region till August 28. Due to the flushing of about 1,000 cusecs water from Karchham and Nathpa dams in Kinnaur district, the flow of water increased in the Sutlej and people living in the vicinity were advised to stay away from its banks.

One person died in a rain-related incident in Chamba, taking the toll to 302 this monsoon season. Since June 13, 51 persons were killed in landslides, 10 in flash floods and 28 drowned. The total loss to public property was estimated at Rs 800 crore.

The main road to Shimla was also blocked following uprooting of a tree near 103 tunnel in the evening. The traffic was diverted. It was restored later.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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