Three persons were washed away by strong water current as rains wreaked havoc in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday night triggering landslides and disrupting traffic.
The incident took place in Manihar forest area in Garsa valley of Kullu district. According to reports, six labourers, working for a forest corporation contractor, were putting up in a shed at Manihar Jhuni forest beat when they were washed away in flash floods. However, three of them managed to save their lives.
The police said the body of one of the victims, identified as 18-year-old Viki of Shilai in Sirmaur district of Himacahl Pradesh, was recovered from a nullah a few meters from the spot.
Kullu deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sanajy Sharma confirmed the incident and said heavy rain had caused havoc in the district.
HOUSES DAMAGED IN MANIKARAN
Meanwhile, five houses have been damaged due to heavy rain in the Manikaran area of Kullu district. The district administration had already issued a flood alert in areas along the Beas and its tributaries.
Heavy rain in other parts of the state damaged roads, property, besides hitting power supply. The downpour also hampered the power generation in the state-run 126 MW Larji Hydroelectric Project on Friday morning. However, the generation resumed within three hours.
NH 5 REMAINS BLOCKED
The National Highway 5 remained blocked for over 12 hours at Neugalseri in Kinnaur district due to a massive landslide. Besides, more than 100 lateral roads have been blocked across the state. The continuous rain has also hit more than 100 water supply schemes across the state.
The meteorological centre at Shimla has predicted more rain in next 24 to 72 hours. "Heavy rains are expected across the state for the next few days," said a meteorological centre official. He said the recent spell of rain has also has brought down the minimum and maximum temperatures.
NDRF TEAMS KEPT ON STANDBY
The state disaster management cell that monitors losses due to rain has estimated a loss of around `32 crore so far, including `13 crore by the public works department due to road damage. Special secretary, state disaster management cell, DD Sharma said the recent rain has caused heavy loss to the property in Himachal. "We are monitoring the situation and daily reports of the loss are being collected," he said. Two teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been stationed at Sunni in Shimla and Dharamsala in Kangra districts, he added.
In rural areas, several water supply schemes have been damaged due to landslides hampering the water supply. Sources in the irrigation and public health department said over 100 micro water supply schemes have been damaged so far due to heavy rain while the official figure may be higher as the final reports from all districts are yet to be compiled. Rain also damaged vegetable crops in a few villagers located on the outskirts of Shimla.
Reports of damage to houses and orchards have been received from Rupi village of Kinnaur district. An alert has been sounded in all districts of the state cautioning people not to go near the rivers which are in spate.
The state received 36mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours, 216% higher than the normal. Guler recorded 166mm of rainfall, Una 155mm, Dharamsala 135mm, Berthin 128mm, Palampur 119mm, Kandaghat 111mm, Solan 105mm, Dehra Gopipur 103mm, Aghar 102mm, Amb and Jubbarhatti 101mm each, Hamirpur 92mm, Nadaun 91mm, Shimla 89mm, Mehre 88mm, Paonta 82mm, Rajgarh 81mm, Dalhousie 77mm, Nahan 76mm, Bhoranj 75mm, Ghamroor 68mm, Dharampur and Jogindernagar 67mm, Nagrota Suriyan 60mm, Gaggal 59mm, Sujanpur Tira and Nurpur recorded 52mm of rainfall each.