Incessant rains have caused heavy destruction in Mandi district, leaving one dead and causing damage to public and private property besides affecting the crops adversely.
According to information, a truck driver was killed in a mishap at village Dhar under Sundernagar sub-division on Saturday. Reports confirmed that the truck rolled down a gorge as the land along the road caved in when the truck was moving on it. The deceased has been identified as Rajesh Kumar (43). He was a resident of Ghumarawin area of Bilaspur district.
The cloudburst at Dharmpur's Sidhpur gram panchayat area, under Sarkaghat sub-division, on Saturday wreaked havoc by damaging a number of houses, cowsheds, shops and agricultural land.
Due to sinking of land in the aftermath of cloudburst and incessant rains, there is a threat to a number of houses, government buildings and agricultural lands in gram panchayat Bharori and villages Satrehar and Mathibasnwar.
Reportedly, people have started vacating their houses and are shifting cattle to open and safe places.
Meanwhile, a four-storeyed house collapsed in village Nehra under Gohar sub-division on Saturday evening. Landslips blocked a number of connecting roads, including the main Mandi-Janjehali state highway on Saturday and Sunday.
A house collapsed in village Behali under Balh segment whereas land sinking threatened as many as three houses in village Basta under Jagar gram panchayat area near Pandoh on Sunday.
Mandi sadar tehsildar, Ajay Parashar confirmed about the sinking of land around these houses and added that ex-gratia and help has been provided to the affected families on Sunday.
Water storage tank and water mill (gharat) were washed away due to heavy rains at village Sadyanidhar area under Baridhar gram panchayat of Padhar sub-division of the district.
Meanwhile, Mandi-Pathankot national highway (NH) remained closed for hours while traffic on Mandi-Jallandhar NH-70 and Chandigarh-Manali NH-21 remained partially blocked and traffic could be restored repeatedly intervals of few hours blocking on Saturday and Sunday.
However, no loss of human life has been reported from other part of the district but administration and disaster management committee have swung into action and started preparing details of the loss and urged the tourists to avoid travelling in night.