Shimla: Rains continued unabated for the past 24 hours in Himachal Pradesh causing loss to life and property in the state and reports of landslides from various part of the state.
Two persons were swept away by the swollen waters of Chakki Khad River in Himachal Pradesh where normal life was today disrupted due to heavy rains which have triggered landslides, damaging roads and buildings besides washing away large tracts of cultivated land.
Two persons, one belonging to Rajsthan, and a woman from Hariyal village in Kangra were swept away by swirling waters of swollen Chakki Khad last night while a cloudburst in village Sadma in Kangra district damaged over dozen houses, washed away cowsheds and damaged a primary school building in village Lunj.
The Chamba-Pathabkot Highway remained closed for nearly ten hours and a large number of vehicles remained stranded en route.The blockade was cleared today and vehicular traffic was restored. However, the link roads in interior areas of Chamba including Tissa, Bharmaur and other places were blocked causing inconvenience to people, especially the Mani Mahesh pilgrims.
Mandi Jogindernagar and Mandi Sarkaghat Highway was blocked due to landslides at numerous places following heavy rains while Pooh and Kaza remained cut off from the rest of the state by road for the fifth consecutive day. One person died in Chamba district after he was hit by a rolling stone.
Dharamshala received 128 mm of rains while Dalhousie received 112 mm and Paonta Sahib received 96 mm of rainfall. Nurpur received 84 mm, Baijnath 60 mm, Palampur 58 mm and Mandi and Jogindernagar received 42 mm of rainfall. Shimla received 31 mm of rains
The local Met office has forecast widespread rains and thunder storms across the state and warned of heavy to very heavy rains in mid and lower hills during the next 48 hours.