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Rain triggers landslides in HP:tourists stranded at Kaza, 2 houses collapses in Shimla

chandigarh Updated: Aug 20, 2012 19:40 IST
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Hundreds of people including a large number of foreign tourists were stranded near Kaza in Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh as the road was breached due to a landslide triggered by heavy rains on Saturday night, reports reaching here said on Monday.

A PTI correspondent, who was among the stranded persons, said a large number of people from adjoining Kinnaur district who had come to Kaza to visit a local fair and tourists, including foreigners, were stuck for nearly 40 hours and hopes of an early clearance of the road were dim.

Some people, including bikers, managed to cross the breached portion of the road on foot but people travelling by four wheelers were still stranded.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) are trying hard to speed up clearance work.

The local administration had claimed yesterday that the road had been cleared but the stranded people refuted the claim saying only a few pedestrians and bikers have crossed the road.

Meanwhile, two houses collapsed in Totu area of Shimla following heavy rains last night while two other houses were declared unsafe.

There was no causalty as the inmates had vacated the buildings when the hill started sliding.
The Jammu-Pathankot train was terminated at Guler as the railway tracks between Guler and Jogindernagar was blocked due to landslides.

Large areas of Himachal Pradesh were drenched by heavy rains as monsoon remained vigorous in the state with Dharamsala and Gaggal in Kangra district receiving the maximum 182 mm and 180 mm of rains respectively.

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