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Rain wreaks havoc in Drang segment

Roop Upadhyay, Hindustan Times  Mandi, August 17, 2013
First Published: 18:50 IST(17/8/2013) | Last Updated: 18:52 IST(17/8/2013)

Torrential rains and flood water washed away the whole area adjoining the Mandi-Parashar road under Bagi village of Drang segment on Friday night.

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The affected area is situated nearly 22 km away from Mandi town. The area was developed as a temporarily halt station for tourists and pilgrims on the way to historical Parashar Rihi temple, situated at 8,500 ft above the sea level and locals had set up as many as 14 shops, houses, cowshed and water mills here in the past two decades.

Earlier, the area had suffered a huge loss of private property in the floods that occurred on July 7. People, somehow, managed to restore their daily business routine after the July 7 incident, but this time the floodwater washed away all shops, houses and water mills and turned the area into a plain ground.

Traffic on the road came to a standstill as the bridge connecting both ends of the road got damaged and it became risky to cross through the bridge. People said the bridge had lost its foundation and could collapse any time. People are forced to cross over the nullah through a temporarily bridge made of wood logs.

Affected shopkeepers Saju Ram, Ratanu and Govardhan said, “Rain started on Friday afternoon. Taking lessons from the flood that occurred on July 7, people residing here left the place in the evening to save their lives, but the nature destroyed their only source of earning livelihood on Friday night.”

Health minister Kaul Singh Thakur, who represents Drang segment, visited the site and gave assurance to the affected people about immediate relief and financial help.

Thakur issued necessary instructions to the local administration to prepare the estimate of loss to provide compensation to the affected people.


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