Rain again played havoc in Sirmaur on Tuesday. The national highway-72 remained suspended for more than 12 hours, while the roads connecting Shimla, Renuka and Shillai also remained closed for traffic for many hours, which hit the normal life.
An 18-year-old youth, Naresh, has reportedly been buried alive under the debris during landslides in remote Katwar panchayat.
Madan Singh, 16, of Singi village had a narrow escape in the incident. ADM Manmohan Sharma said Naresh was missing since Monday night.
Around 500 vehicles carrying thousands of passengers, including foreigners, remained stranded for many hours on the national highway between Khazurana-Kolar since morning. Some roads turned into streams.
Villagers in Bankala and Sattiwala panchayats faced losses as debris devastated standing crops. Twelve persons, including three children, had a narrow escape in Shambuwala village when the debris fell on the house of panchayat pradhan Vimla Devi. Six motorcycles and one Bolero got damaged in the incident.
The administration has evacuated three houses in the Bankala panchayat as a precautionary measure.
SDM Jyoti Rana said the owners of the three houses had been advised for evacuating their houses. She added that immediate relief had been disbursed to affected people of the area.
The villagers alleged, “While restoring the national highway, labourers make heaps of debris on the other side of the road that leads to devastation in rain.”
The traffic on the national highway has been suspended several times due to landsides.
The villagers said, “Even in moderate rain, the debris starts flowing and enter into their fields.” SDO Narender Verma said the overall rain loss had been estimated at Rs 50 lakh.