At least 15 families were rendered homeless after a massive landslide, triggered by incessant rains, hit Chohla and Patola villages of Kajlot panchayat, overlooking the hill-resort of Dharamsala in Kangra district, on late Friday evening.
The debris moving down the hill slopes entered around a dozen houses, causing loss of property worth lakhs of rupees.
Vice-president of Kajlot panchayat, Shiv Charan, said that the landslip started around 3pm on Friday.
“It was around 7pm that a huge mass of rocks and mud flowed into the village,” said Shiv Charan while adding that the affected families were evacuated immediately and were shifted to safer places.
He, however, alleged that he made “hundreds of calls' to the district disaster management control room since Saturday morning but got no response.
Neel Kumar, a villager whose house was badly damaged in the landslide, alleged that the administration acted only after 24 hours of the incident. The two villages are just 8 km from the district headquarters of Dharamsala but are not accessible by road.
The villagers said that after receiving no response from the district administration, they dug a trench to divert the flow of the debris, which averted a major catastrophe.
“Had it took place in the night, the results would have been fatal,” said Kajlot panchayat president Suresh Kumar adding that the landslip is still continuing and may pose a threat to the nearby houses.
Meanwhile, sub- divisional magistrate Balbir Thakur, who reached the spot on Saturday morning, said that the loss to the property is yet to be assessed. “Each affected family has been given ex- gratia relief of Rs 5000, tarpaulins and other material,” said Thakur.
“The families have been shifted to the nearby villagers while some of them have moved to the houses of their relatives,” he and added that the families will be given relief as per relief manual and will be rehabilitated at some safer place.
Notably, the landslide has occurred just close to the site identified for setting up permanent campus of Central University of Himachal Pradesh.