Heavy monsoon rains lashed Himachal Pradesh, claiming six lives, disrupting normal life and leaving a trail of destruction.
Parts of Hamirpur and Una were lashed by incessant heavy rains and four members of a family hailing from West Bengal were swept away by swirling waters of Kuhana Khud in Hamirpur on Friday afternoon.
The deceased were Sanjeev, his wife, son and daughter. They were working at a cowshed in the area. Half a dozen heads of cattle were also washed away.
Heavy rains also caused flash floods in Bhoranj area of Hamirpur and one person, identified as Ashok, was buried in a landslide when a cowshed collapsed in Dharmol village.
Meanwhile, a two-and-a-half years' old girl was washed away in swollen rivulet in Sainre village while she was crossing the rivulet with her parents. The body of child is yet to be recovered.
In Bhoranj in Hamirpur district, five cowsheds collapsed due to heavy rain and four heads of cattle were buried alive. Flood water inundated market at Bhoranj and incessant rains triggered landslides at numerous places.
More than 200 roads were blocked due to landslides. Restoration work launched by the Public Works Department were hampered due to incessant heavy rains and several areas in the interiors were cut off. Link roads to Pandra-Bees area in Rampur Bushahar and to the?helipad were also blocked.
Bangana in Una district was the wettest in the region with 160 mm of rain while Nadaun and Kahu had 138 and 120 mm respectively, followed by Sujanpur Tira 110, Sarahan 98, Nagrota Suriyan 95, Baldwara 90, Bharwara 82, Guler 78, Joginder Nagar 77, Bijahi and Sundernagar 71, Pandoh 65, Amb 57, Mandi 51 and Nahan 44mm.
Shimla and its surrounding areas were also lashed with heavy rainfall and the town recorded 41mm of rain.
Day temperatures dropped by two to three degrees Celsius in most places and Una recorded a maximum of 30.8 degrees, followed by Sundernagar 28.2, Bhuntar 27.6, Dharamsala 26.6, Solan 25.0, Shimla 21.6 and Kalpa 20.2 degrees Celsius.
The local MeT office has predicted moderate to heavy rains at some places in mid- and lower- hills on Saturday and light to moderate rains over the region during the next four days.