Himachal monsoon toll hits 44, more heavy rain coming

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2015 09:53 IST

With torrential rain already having caused widespread damage across the state, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warning of heavy rainfall in Kangra, Mandi, Una and Hamirpur districts in the next 24 to 48 hours.

So far the monsoon has claimed 44 lives and caused damage totalling `228 crore across the state. Flash floods and landslides have wrecked roads, houses, bridges, drinking water lifting infrastructure, crops and snapped power in several areas, besides hitting power generation in the state.

Due to rise in the silt level, power generation was halted at the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Station in Shimla district on Sunday night and was resumed only around 11am on Monday.

The rains have claimed lives of nine people in Bilaspur and Chamba each, seven have been killed in Kinnaur, six in Sirmaur, four in Shimla and Kangra each, three in Kullu and two in Mandi. Besides, following the cloudburst in Dharampur, Mandi, on August 8, at least eight people are feared dead, with two of a family being buried in a house collapse, five persons being swept away in a flash flood and one man missing.
The state government has estimated a whopping loss of `147 crore in the public works sector, majorly due to damage to roads. Besides, 154 water supply schemes’ infrastructure has been damaged. As many as 787 houses have been damaged, while loss of `2.7 crore has been assessed in horticulture sector, around `1 crore in agriculture sector and `1.3 crore in electricity board.

Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said heavy to very heavy rain was expected across the state in the next 24 hours, while rain would continue throughout the week.

He said so far 447.4mm of rainfall had been recorded across the state in monsoon that was less than the normal mark of 520mm.
Una district has received the highest rainfall at 944.4mm, while the normal mark was 521.8mm. Shimla recorded 483mm rainfall, much higher than the normal mark of 400mm, while Mandi district has recorded 729mm rainfall so far.

In the past 24 hours, Arki recorded 145mm rainfall, Hamirpur 71mm, Kotkhai 60mm, Dharampur 48mm, Bhoranj 46mm, Sundernagar and Rajgarh 41mm each, Renuka 38mm, Gohar 35mm, Bijahi, Janjehli and Dharamsala 34mm each, Nurpur 32mm, Seobagh, Dehra Gopipur and Palampur 31mm each, Berthin 28mm, Khadrala 27mm, Chamba 24mm, Karsog 23mm, Pandoh 21mm, while Kangra, Kumarsain and Ghamroor recorded 20mm rainfall each.

Bali to visit flood-hit Dharampur on Tuesday

Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali will visit Dharampur in Mandi district on Tuesday to take stock of the losses occurred to the government property, especially the newly-built bus stand and buses, due to the cloudburst on August 8.

The cloudburst had turned the Sone rivulet, a tributary of the Beas, into a torrent that led to flash floods wreaking havoc in the area and damaging property worth crores, including heavy losses to the Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation (HRTC).

Bali said the state government was providing all possible assistance to the affected families and the departments concerned had been directed to undertake restoration works on a war footing.

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