Heavy rains claim life, wreck property

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2015 21:24 IST

Heavy rainfall lashed several parts of state on Tuesday, claiming a life and causing damage to property in several districts.

According to reports, a man named, Kitab Singh of Karchaari village in Jubbal, Shimla district, was swept away in a rivulet that was in spate after heavy rain. The body was later found washed ashore.

Shimla received 10mm rainfall that damaged several roads and orchards. Heavy damage was reported in Jubbal.

Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said heavy rain occurred at many places across the state, including the state capital. "In the next 24 hours, more rain is predicted at many places in lower and mid-hills and at isolated places in high-altitude areas," he said.

Stating that rain would occur in the state throughout this week, Singh warned people against venturing near rivers and rivulets as all major rivers across the state were in spate. "The axis of monsoon will pass through Ferozepur, Delhi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Rajnandgaon, centre of low pressure area and later southeastward to the Bay of Bengal," he added.

In the past 24 hours, Kheri recorded 87 mm rainfall, Nagrota Suriyan 53 mm, Kasauli 40 mm, Berthin 38 mm, Ghamroor 37 mm, Palampur 36 mm, Jogindernagar 29 mm, Rajgarh 28 mm, Aghar 25 mm, Chamba 21 mm, Gohar, Jubbal & Nurpur 18 mm each, Mashobra 17 mm, Saloni 16 mm, Gaggal 15 mm, Dalhousie 14 mm and Sundernagar, Nahan and Rampur recorded 11 mm rainfall each.

Meanwhile, the incessant rain has hampered apple transportation to the market. The condition of the Theog-Hatkoti-Rohru road that was recently declared a national highway has worsened, leading to long traffic jams.

Hamirpur suffers Rs 30 crore loss

Hamirpur: The district has suffered a loss of about `30 crore due to heavy rains and sharp winds lashing the district during the monsoon.
The rains have badly hit the water and power supply network in the district. As many as 60 rural water supply schemes' infrastructure in the district has been damaged, leading to severe shortage of water.

An official spokesman said low power voltage was one of the main reasons of water shortage in the town, and the supply would be restored once the power supply became normal.

Revenue officials located in the rural areas were sending reports of the losses on a daily basis so that the affected people were extended financial help, the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, despite a warning by the state government and district administration, people continue to risk their lives by diving into the gushing waters of the Beas and its tributaries to collect firewood and timber that was flowing downstream.

The administration on Tuesday once again warned the people against venturing out near the rivers to prevent tragedy.

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