Unfrequented rain has left trails of devastation across tribal Kinnaur district. Floods triggered by rain swallowed up lives, homes, farmlands, fruit orchards and roads. Rain across the district was more traumatic for residents of Chaugaon that lies close to the Hindustan-Tibet road connecting the China border.
Tall claims of disaster management by the state government were exposed by monsoon rains in Himachal Pradesh as the rains in the past three days damaged several roads, caused residential buildings to collapse and created panic among residents living by rivers.
Indirectly supporting the Congress party in Mandi parliamentary byelection, the Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP), a breakaway group of the BJP, has announced to contest all four seats in the state in the general elections, 2014.
Relief and rescue operations started by the Himachal Pradesh government to evacuate people stranded in Kinnaur district were hit after Air Force helicopters ran short of fuel. As many as 500 people, including foreign tourists, are still stranded in various parts of the district.
The unprecedented flashfloods triggered by torrential rains that completely devastated Kedarnath Valley, killing hundreds of people in Uttarakhand, has left 61 pilgrims, including 26 from Kangra and 35 from Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, stranded at different places.
Most taxis went off the roads here Wednesday to protest the government's decision not to allow chartered vehicles that are over four years old to ply to nearby tourist destination Rohtang Pass.
The country's largest hydropower plants in Himachal Pradesh remained shut for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday following a high silt level in the Sutlej river, triggering a power crisis in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.
Eleven persons, including nine women and a six-month-old girl child, were killed and six others were injured seriously when the Tata pick-up van they were travelling in rolled down a 250-m deep gorge at Jarmjot near Nashala, 32 km from here, on Tuesday. The driver was also killed in the mishap.
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government is the most corrupt government, which has shattered the economy of India. This was stated by former chief minister and Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar.
State co-media in charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party Hari Om Bhanot on Tuesday sent a legal notice to chief minister Virbhadra Singh for the latter's “defamatory remarks” against former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal during the election campaign for the Mandi Lok Sabha byelections.
Himachal Pradesh has plans to develop primate parks by planting 10 lakh fruit-bearing trees, plants and shrubs to keep monkeys in their natural habitat.
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who was stranded in tribal Kinnaur district for nearly 60 hours due to landslides triggered by incessant rains, was evacuated this morning even as 1700 people remained stranded at various places.
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who was stuck in Kinnaur district for the past three days since the area was cut off due to landslides, was airlifted on Tuesday. Over a dozen sick and old tourists were also evacuated, an official said.
Nine more people died following heavy rain in the tribal district of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, on Monday, taking the toll to 10. The district remained cut off from the state for more than 48 hours. The deaths were as a result of house collapses, HT reports.
The record pre-monsoon showers in the first half of June have led the water level in the Pong Dam reservoir to increase to 1,319 feet, 17 feet more than the previous year's 1302 feet on June 17. Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) officials said the water level in the reservoir increased by 6 feet from June 1 to 17.