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Heavy rains lash Himachal Pradesh, high alert issued

india Updated: Jul 08, 2015 09:30 IST

Heavy rains lashed several parts of Himachal Pradesh. (ANI Photo)

High alert was issued in Himachal Pradesh after heavy rains lashed several parts of the state Tuesday night as monsoon further intensified in the region.

Thick fog engulfed Shimla and its adjoining areas and vehicular traffic was disrupted as rainfall (71 mm) caused traffic jams.

The rains triggered landslides at some places in Shimla -- Sirmaur and Kullu districts in the interiors, but all the major highways were open, officials said.

Chail in Solan and Palampur in Kangra districts received 61 mm and 60 mm of rainfall respectively, followed by 35 mm in Baijnath, 34 mm in Saloni, 33 mm in Khadrala, 27 mm in Gaggal, 24 mm in Pandoh and Sundernagar, 23 mm in Seobagh and Bajura, 22 mm in Mashobra and Kalatop, 21 mm in Dharamsala and Bharwara and 18 mm in Manali.

The local MeT office has predicted heavy rains at isolated places in lower and mid hill areas over the next four days till July 11 as monsoon would further intensied in the region.

The levels of major rivers and their tributaries have risen but all the rivers are flowing below the danger mark.

Meanwhile, a pilgrim who set out on Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra in Kullu district died due to extreme cold near Thachru. The deceased has been identified as Netra Prakash (28).

The rains have also increased the water level in reservoirs of hydropower projects, resulting in increased hydropower generation.

The day temperatures fluctuated marginally and Una was hottest in the region with maximum of 34 degrees while Bhunter and Sundernagar recorded a high of 31.8 degrees, followed by Dharamshala 27.8 degrees, Solan 27.5 degrees, Nahan 25.6 degrees, Manali 24.2 degrees, Shimla 22.3 degrees and Kalpa 23 degrees.

There was no significant change in minimum temperatures and Kalpa was the coldest at night with a low of 13.8 degrees, followed by Manali 14 degrees and Keylong 14.6 degrees.

The key tourist destinations of Dalhousie, Dharamshala and Shimla recorded a low of 15.3 degrees, 16 degrees and 16.7 degrees respectively, while Solan and Bhuntar recorded minimum temperature at 19.8 degrees, followed by Chamba 19.9 degrees, Una 20.3 degrees, Nahan 20.5 degrees, Kangra 20.6 degrees, Sundernagar 22.8 degrees, Bilaspur 22.9 degrees and Hamirpur 24.1 degrees Celsius.