Four killed, buses swept away after cloudburst in Himachal

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Shimla/Dharamsala
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2015 14:17 IST

Four people were killed after a cloudburst at Dharampur town in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday morning.

Three people, including two women, were buried alive when two houses collapsed at Sakeraini village near Dharampur, 80 km from Mandi, early in the morning. “Three bodies have been retrieved from the debris,” said Dharampur sub divisional magistrate Vikram Mahajan, adding that one person was washed away in the flashflood following the cloudburst.

“Heavy rain in the area has damaged roads, making remote villages inaccessible. The extent of damage is difficult to gauge at the moment,” he said.

Dharampur bus terminal flooded

The Sone rivulet, a tributary of the Beas, turned into a torrent following the cloudburst.

The swollen Sone swept away four buses at the Dharampur bus stand and left the terminal submerged. No passenger was in the buses when the incident occurred.

Nearly 10 people were stranded on the roof of the bus terminal, located on the left bank of the Sone, and efforts were on to evacuate them.

District officials were, however, finding it difficult to reach Dharampur as the area was cut off due to the flashflood.

Mahajan said he was not sure of the number of small vehicles that could have been swept away in the flashflood.

Landslides hit apple transportation

Heavy rain lashed several parts of Himachal Pradesh, causing damage and leaving people stranded. Landslides triggered by the rain left more than 100 roads blocked and affected 150 water supply schemes across the state.

Vehicles transporting apples were stranded on the Theog-Hatkoti-Rohru road, the lifeline of the apple belt in the state, due to landslides.

Met warns of heavy rain

Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said the state capital recorded 60mm of rainfall, while Mandi got 150mm within a short span of a few hours.

Dharamsala recorded 50mm of rainfall. “We have issued warning of heavy rain across the state on Sunday and Monday. People are cautioned not to venture near rivers or rivulets,” he said.

Shimla got heavy rain early in the morning following which link roads were damaged and trees uprooted. Dense fog engulfed the town, hampering traffic for some time.

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