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Friday 18 August 2017
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Overflowing rivers and nullahs posing a threat in Himachal

After continuous rains from past two days all major rivers and their tributaries of the state are posing threat and flowing above the danger mark.

Incessant rains have triggered landslides at various places and have blocked many major and link roads in the state.

The interiors of the Shimla and Sirmour districts are worse affected. Theog-Kotkhai-Jubbal-Rohru road is badly affected as water has lodged at many spot on the road and creating difficulties to the commuters. The condition of Sanj-Chopal-Nerwa road is also not good but many small landslides hampering vehicular movements at many places.

In Kullu district, two persons have reportedly been washed away in the Beas as a tempo, in which they were travelling, fell into the river near Dawada. A vehicle PB12-N-0992 was on its way back to Punjab from Kullu.

Keeping in view continuous rains and increasing water level in the rivers and nullahs, the Kullu and Mandi district administration has sounded an alert and has asked the people living near the riversides to shift to safer places.

Kullu Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar has appealed to the tourists not to go nearby the river as water level can increase suddenly due to rains on higher reaches.

Kanwar has asked the power project officials and contractors to shift their labourers, which live nearby the rivers sides to safer places. He said that administration is monitoring the situation and disaster management team is ready to meet any type of emergency.

Mandi Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar has also issued an alert to people living near dams, rivers and rivulets and advised them not to venture near the water bodies in view of the increased water discharge due to heavy rain in the area.

He advised people to remain vigilant and not venture near water as water can be released from the Pandoh dam and the Larji dam any time these days.

The DC has also instructed the Pandoh dam and Larji dam authorities to sound sirens and make announcements through loud speakers to alert the residents before releasing the spillway water gates of dams.



Rahul Bhandari is Editor of TheNewsHimachal and has been part of the digital world for last eight years.