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Rain triggers landslides, flood in Himachal
Himachal Pradesh

Rain triggers landslides, flood in Himachal

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Relentless rain has wreaked havoc across Himachal Pradesh triggering floods and landslides which have damaged roads and destroyed houses, officials said.

The latest spell left one man dead, and a senior citizen and his granddaughter missing. More than 150 people have died across the state in rain-related incidents since the monsoon hit the state in the first week of July.

As many as 323 roads, including six national highways, have been blocked due to landslides across the state.

Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway remains suspended on several stretches due to landslide.

Authorities stopped traffic on the Mandi-Kullu road after part of the highway was submerged as the Beas river overflowed its bank. Small vehicles have been diverted through Kataul road.

The highway is also blocked at Nauni due to a massive landslide.

Traffic also remained closed for several hours in the morning due to massive landslide at Jarol near Sundernagar before it was opened around 9:30am.

The Mandi-Pathankot highway was also closed near Jogindernagar in the night. However, it was restored for traffic in the morning.

The Public Works Department has suffered losses estimated at Rs. 11 crores while drinking water and irrigation schemes worth Rs. 4 crore were damaged in a single day, officials said.

Thirty-eight houses and 22 cow-sheds have been damaged.

Himachal  has so far received 200 per cent rain above average this monsoon. In the last 24 hours, Dharamshala received 150 mm which was the maximum in the state followed by Dalhousie (131 mm), Kangra at (130 mm), Chamba (122 mm), Gaggal (118 mm), Palampur (70 mm), Una (61 mm) and Shimla (58 mm).

The Shimla Met office has forecast heavy rains for the next 24 hours and a red alert remains in force for six districts Bilsapur, Kangra, Hamirpur Chamba, Kangra and Mandi.

Shimla, Kullu, Solan and Sirmour are on orange alert.