Widespread heavy rain disrupted normal life in the hill state on Thursday. The downpour led to increase in the water level in the main rivers, including Sutlej, Beas and Ravi rivers.
As precautionary measures, the district administration has warned people to move away from houses located close to the beds of turbulent Sutlej river.
“The water level has increased in Sutlej river. People have been advised not to venture out on river beds, as more rains could increase chances of flooding,” said sub-divisional magistrate, Rampur.
Pre-monsoon showers brought down the temperature in the mid and highest hills across the state. The day temperature in the capital town that was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius on Wednesday came down to 22 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was recorded at 17.6 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning.
The meteorological department has forecasted heavy rainfall in most parts of the state within 48 hours and more rains are predicted after June 17 in the state.
“Pre-monsoon has been started in the state since Monday and monsoon is expected to hit the state within a week,” said Manmohan Singh, director, Met department, Himachal Pradesh.
Nahan, the district headquarters of Sirmour, recorded 74 mm of rainfall, highest amongst all towns.
Dharamsala recorded 64 mm. In Shimla, rain disrupted traffic as a thick blanket of fog engulfed the town after intermittent rain spell during the day. The town recorded 17 mm rainfall and Kangra recorded the highest rainfall during the past one week.
Kangra district, which received 372% more than normal rainfall, was followed by Mandi with 361% more, whereas Kinnaur recorded less rainfall - 100% less than normal mark, added Singh.