Two killed in Shimla as heavy rains throws life out of gear in Himachal

Shimla: Torrential rains triggered landslides in Himachal Pradesh throwing normal life out of gear, According to the Met office Shimla received 72.3 mm of rain on Sunday.

Two labourers were killed and three were injured when boulders and debris fell on their temporary hutment in Kanlog area in Shimla on Sunday.

Superintendent of Police R.M. Sharma said that five labourers were sleeping when boulders and debris from the hill atop their hutment got dislodged due to heavy rain and struck their home. Two died immediately while three escaped with minor injuries.

All the victims belonged to a village in Sirmaur district, Sharma said.

In a separate incident, more than 20 people narrowly escaped when trees fell on their houses near Ruldubhatta in the town due to the heavy rains. A number of houses collapsed in the landslides in Kanlog area in Shimla.

Dharamsala was wettest in the region with 86.4 mm rains, followed by Kasauli 79 mm, Solan 68.6 mm, Dharmapur 66 mm, Nahan 60 mm, Sundernagar 36.7 mm Jubbarhatti 22 mm and Sandhol 19 mm.

The day temperatures dropped by a few notches with Shimla recording a high of 20.6 deg C. Elsewhere in the hilly state, the maximum stood at 30.9 deg C in Bhuntar, 30.5 deg C in Sundernagar, 30.4 deg C in Mandi, 28.7 deg C in Solan, 23.4 deg C in Kalpa and 23.8 deg C in Dharamsala.

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