With heavy rainfall lashing most mid and low altitude regions of the state for the past two days, all major rivers in Himachal Pradesh are in spate increasing fear of flooding in floodplains.
The water levels of rivers such as Beas, Parvati, Sutlej and Ravi have surged, causing widespread damage to land along the rivers, leading the state government to issue an alert to warn people against venturing near the rivers and their tributaries.
The state government is monitoring the situation and has directed administrations in various districts to remain vigilant and take adequate measures to rescue the people affected by the rain and compensate them as per the relief manual.
Shimla Meteorological Centre director Manmohan Singh said lesser rain was received on Sunday as compared to Saturday. “However, we are expecting more rain in the next 24 to 48 hours across the state,” he said.
A rescue team looking for survivors after a house collapse at Tanehar village in Dharampur, Mandi, on Sunday. (Birbal Sharma/HT)
Meanwhile, a day after a cloudburst in Mandi’s Dharampur, following which two of a family were buried in a house collapse and five persons were swept away in a flash flood, no body was recovered on Sunday.
Sources said most link roads had been washed away after the flash flood, making it difficult for rescue teams to reach the affected areas. The district administration has estimated the loss of property at Rs 15 crore.
Mandi deputy commissioner (DC) Sandeep Kadam said employees of public works department, electricity department, revenue and police were keeping vigil over the situation and providing relief in kind and cash to the affected families.
Besides, a team of doctors and veterinarians were providing 24-hour services in the affected areas, he added.
In Hamirpur, DC Rohan Chand Thakur has cancelled the leaves of patwaris in view of bad weather and directed revenue department officials to report the losses on a daily basis.
Kangra’s DC Ritesh Chauhan said public and private property worth Rs 2.5 crore had been damaged by the rain-triggered flash floods in Nagrota Bagwan.
The damaged properties included roads, paths, bridges, electricity lines, drinking water schemes infrastructure, private houses and cowsheds.
Transport minister GS Bali through a Facebook post said heavy rain had affected the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operations drastically. He said several buses had been stranded in various parts of the state due to landslides. HRTC has been asked not to ply buses on damaged routes due to safety concerns.