Heavy rain triggers landslides in Rampur; some vehicles reportedly damaged

Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, September 10

Heavy rain in Shimla's Rampur district triggered landslides that caused damage to property, officials said.

A boulder fell on a vehicle in Khopri and another near the BSNL office in Rampur. Some vehicles were reported damaged in landslides in a 5 km stretch from Rampur to Neogli.

A landslide also blocked the Bahli- Rohru Road. No casualties were reported in the incident.

The rising water level in Browny Khud before Jhakhri on National Highway 5 has made it difficult for smaller vehicles to cross, eyewitnesses said.

Stone quarrying in the area has also made it particularly prone to landslides, residents say.

One side of the National Highway 5 has reopened for traffic after a boulder fall near Jeori caused authorities to close off the road on Thursday night, said Rampur Sub-Divisional Magistrate Yadvendra Pal. He said the road would be kept closed for traffic at night because of possible landslides.

Indian Meteorological Department has issued public advisories against venturing near banks of rivers because of rising water levels. The local MeT officer has predicted more thunderstorms and heavy rain in ten districts except Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti on September 11 and five districts of Kangra, Mandi, Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur on September 12. It predicts wet spell for the region until September 16.

Moderate to heavy rains lashed parts of Himachal—Rampur received 84 mm of rains; Sundernagar 78 mm; Pandoh 52 mm; Karsog 39 mm; Nahan 38 mm; Paonta Sahib 37 mm; Renuka 35 mm; Bhuntar 29 mm; Mashobra 27 mm; Theog 27; Banjar 25 mm; Manali 24 mm; Ghumarwin 24 mm; Sarahan 24 mm; Chamba 24 mm; Dalhousie 23 mm; Gohar 22 mm; Bajura 19 mm; Bijahi 19 mm; Sangrah 18 mm; and Seobagh 17 mm.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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