The hills of Himachal Pradesh were experiencing heavy rainfall and if we believe MeT department it may continue to the next couple of days.
With the fresh rainfall, in Kinnaur district, which is worse affected by the heavy torrential rainfall followed by the landslides, rescue work were again hampered and also triggering chances of fresh landslides in the district. Landslides has already wiped out huge chunk of cultivated land, thousands of apple tree in the tough hilly train of district and with more fierce rainfall local people are afraid to loss more to it. Fresh rainfall has also triggered concern for the polling for Mandi parliamentary by-poll slated for June 27. However, election material and staff have been airlifted to most of the 118 polling stations, where road links have been snapped, but rainfall can desist electorates from casting their votes on Thursday.
Along with Kinnaur district, most region of state including the tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Kasauli, Chamba, Dharamsala, Palampur and Manali saw good spells of rain in the past 24 hours. Even today morning most of the region of the state experienced heavy rainfall.
Paonta Sahib town in Sirmaur district recorded the highest amount of rainfall – 148 mm – in the state. Shimla saw 12 mm rain and Dharamsala got 32.6 mm of rain. With the fresh rainfall, temperature in most of places dropped marginally.
Yesterday rain has also wrecked havoc in Fraili of Seraj region of Mandi district where flash floods triggered by a heavy rainfall damaged over many apple orchards and many houses. Heavy rain also washed away bridges, including Baksiad Bridge, cutting off the area from the district headquarters. Luckily there was no causality reported. Mandi DC Devesh Kumar has ordered the closure of all schools at Thunag tehsil in Seraj in Gohar subdivision from today till June 27.
In Chamba district, heavy rainfall put normal life out of gear as most of link roads in far-flung terrains of Chamba district have been damaged and filled up with debris at different points due to landslides following heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorm. It’s reported that the Chamba-Bairagarh, Chamba-Nayagran, Chamba-Sirhkund and Chamba-Saho-Sillagharat-Kalouta roads have been damaged at various places.