Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Himachal Pradesh for the last 24 hours. National highways were closed, several other roads blocked due to landslides triggered by heavy rains.
Chandigarh-Manali national highway had been blocked near Hanogi Mata Mandir in Mandi district for the last 12 hours, causing inconvenience to locals and tourists. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on both sides of the landslide spot.
National highway connecting Shimla to Kinnaur had also been blocked near Jhakhri for last 6 hours, hampering vehicular traffic. District administration pressed in machinery to clear debris. Heavy rains also blocked bypass road connecting Dhali to Tutikandi. Near housing board colony at Sanjauli, heavy debris got deposited on bypass road, hampering movement of vehicular traffic. Trucks for transporting apples were struck in long queues.
There were reports of damage to some houses across the state besides uprooting of trees.
Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said, “In the next 24 hours, light to moderate rains are expected at many places across the state.”
Special secretary disaster management cell DD Sharma confirmed damage reports coming from across the state. “We have some initial reports and rains have caused damage to public and private properties across Himachal,” he added.