Himachal alert on heavy rains, 122 roads closed
Himachal Pradesh

Himachal alert on heavy rains, 122 roads closed


An alert has been sounded following warning of heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in lower and mid hills of Himachal Pradesh on August 5 and 6.

The Met Department has also predicted thundershowers and rain in lower, mid and higher hills from August 4 to 9, keeping people on tenterhooks. The rain triggered landslides at numerous places and uprooted trees, blocked vehicular traffic on Sanjauli-Dhalli bypass while 122 roads were closed due to landslides.

Paonta Sahib was the wettest with 97mm rain while Kasauli and Sujanpur Tira recorded 76 mm and 67 mm respectively, followed by Dharampur 45 mm, Jogindernagar 18 mm, Baijnath and Palampur 15 mm, Ghumarwin and Berthin 8 mm, Dharamsala and Bhuntar 7 mm, Bharari, Dehra Gopipur, Renuka and Gaggal 6 mm and Bakloh, Arki has and Guler 5 mm.

The downpour during the past 72 hours has brought down monsoon deficit from June 1 to August 3 from 32 per cent to 28 per cent. The rains caused marginal fall in day temperatures and Bhuntar was the hottest during the day with a high of 32.2 degree while Paonta Sahib and Una recorded maximum temperatures at 32 degrees and 31.8 degrees, followed by Sundernagar 31.3 degrees, Nahan 28 degrees, Dharamsala and Solan 27.5 degrees, Manali 25 degrees, Shimla 22.6 degrees, Kalpa 22.4 degrees and Keylong 20.5 degrees and Kufri 15.8 degrees.

The Revenue Department has pegged Rs 15.5 crore loss to property and crops due to the  rain in Una district. In a press note, DC Sandeep Kumar said the Irrigation and Public Health Department suffered the maximum loss of Rs 5.77 crore to drinking water, irrigation and sewerage schemes.