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Landslides bring traffic to halt in Sirmaur

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Nahan, June 16, 2013
First Published: 22:17 IST(16/6/2013) | Last Updated: 22:18 IST(16/6/2013)

Several roads leading to remote areas of Sirmaur district were reportedly blocked due to landslides triggered by heavy rain in the district on Sunday.

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National Highway-72 B between Paonta Sahib and Shillai remained blocked for many hours; the traffic was not restored till the evening.

Twelve roads in remote areas of the district remained blocked throughout the day. Though 20 cattle heads have reportedly been washed away in flashfloods, no loss of life has been reported so far. Deputy commissioner Priyatu Mandal has issued an advisory, asking people living along Yamuna river and other rivulets to be cautious.  
 
The blocked roads led to several traffic jams in the district. Several vehicles carrying fruits and vegetables, and over 24 buses, including state government ones, were stranded at various places.

The present weather also disrupted power supply in Nahan and some other areas of the district. About 300 bighas of cultivated land with paddy crop was completely submerged in water. All the major rivers, including Yamuna, Giri, Bata and Tons, have inundated several low-lying areas on their banks.

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