Life in Himachal limps back to normalcy after heavy rains

Shimla: Water level started receding in rivers in Himachal Pradesh a day after an alert was declared in Shimla, Mandi and Kullu districts as most rivers were flowing above the danger level.

Water level in the Beas river came down sharply this Thursday morning as there was no fresh major rainfall in the region. The Chandigarh-Manali National Highway (NH-21) which remained disrupted on Wednesday due to landslides and overflowing of the Beas was operational.

Incessant rains had also led to a sudden rise in water level in the Satluj river causing massive landslides and hampering vehicular traffic in upper Shimla region.

Hindustan Tibet Road (NH 22) that was closed at various points in Kinnaur district due to uprooted trees and landslides has also been reopened and work to establish road connectivity near Khab is still on.

However, Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, is still cut off from the rest of the country. Rohtang Pass has been closed for vehicular traffic due to massive landslides at several stretches.

According to the Met office, Shimla received 6.4 mm of rain, Dharamshala 11.6 mm, Bhuntar 36.5 mm, Sundernagar 48.2 mm, Una 34.4 mm and Kalpa 6.8 mm of rainfall since Wednesday.

The Met office has predicted mild to moderate rainfall at isolated places in the state till Friday.

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