The first heavy showers of the monsoon season have wreaked havoc in Kangra and Chamba district. The Dharamsala- Khaniara road was blocked due to a landslide on Sunday evening because of heavy rains that lashed the region. The flood water entered the shops and houses in the Barol area of Dharamsala town.
Barol resident Sanjay Guleria said water entered his house after an under construction water irrigation channel got damaged due to heavy rains.
The rivulets originating from the Dhauladhar mountains were on spate for the entire day. However, no loss of life has been reported till now, a district administration official said, adding there was damage to two cowsheds in the Barol area.
Meanwhile, two motorbike riders were injured after a tree fell on them at Chobin near Baijnath town owing to heavy rains. One of the seriously injured, identified as Manoj Kumar, was shifted to Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College.
Around a dozen people had a close shave in a similar incident when a dry tree fell on the municipal corporation's rest house in Palampur town.
Several acres of agricultural land was washed away in Deol village in Baijnath after the rivulet passing through the area changed its course. The rivulet is also posing a threat to the houses of 40 families. A resident of Deol village, Madan Lal, said the rivulet had caused heavy damage last monsoon and the residents had been asking the government to erect a retaining wall in the village but nobody heeded to their demands.
In rural Tissa sub division of Chamba district, flash flood in the Kalel Nullah triggered by the heavy rains damaged several houses in the Kiyani Panchayat.
The flood water entered the houses, shops and cowsheds of the local villagers. The protection work on the banks of the Nullah was also washed away in the flash floods. The people of the Kiyani Panchayat were forced to spend a night in the open as the Kalel Nullah remained on spate for over 12 hours.
Traffic was partially halted on the Chamba- Tissa road due to landslides. The heavy rains have also damaged the maize crop in Tissa region.