Shimla: A high alert has been sounded in Shimla, Kinnaur, Bilaspur, Mandi and Kullu districts following reports of rising water level in all major rivers as moderate to heavy rainfall continued across the state.
Shimla DC, JS Rana said, ‘Continuous rainfall in Kinnaur and Shimla districts has abnormally increased the water level in the Satluj and its tributaries. An alert has been sounded in the villages and towns along the river and people advised to move to safer places.’
He said the discharge in the Satluj has increased to 2,300 cubic metres per second against the normal flow of 1,850 cubic metres.
‘The water level has increased in the Beas, owing to heavy rainfall in entire Kullu district last (Thursday) night, but the river is still flowing below danger mark,’ Kullu Deputy Commissioner B.M. Nanta said.
At some places water level of the Beas is touching the Chandigarh-Manali national highway.
Incessant rains have also caused massive landslides on National Highways 21 and 22 in Shimla, Kinnaur, Mandi and Kullu districts, hampering vehicular traffic.
According to the Met office here, Shimla has got 34.8 mm of rain since Thursday, Dharamsala 34.4 mm and Mandi 75.9 mm.
The met department predicted light to moderate rain in the state on Friday.