Himachal rain: Two women die in house collapse, 10 shops washed away in Kullu
Bodies of woman, granddaughter recovered at Khadel village in Kullu’s Anni tehsil, while landslide near Pandoh blocks Mandi-Kullu highway
Heavy rains wreaked havoc in parts of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday with two women being buried alive under debris following a landslide in Kullu district, while shops and vehicles were washed away and highways blocked by flash floods in other places.
In Kullu, Chavelu Devi, 55, and her granddaughter Kritika, 17, died when their house at Khadel village in Sheel gram panchayat of Anni tehsil was hit by debris following a landslide around 9am, state disaster management department director Sudesh Mokhta said in Shimla.
In another incident in the district, 10 shops and three vehicles were washed away following a cloudburst at the Deuthi gram panchayat in Anni tehsil around 7.30am, he said.
An old bus stand and a panchayat building at Deuthi are also facing the risk of being washed away, and revenue department officials have reached the spot to assess the situation, he added.
In Shimla district, three cars and a pickup vehicle were washed away during torrential rains at Diyandali Nullah in Chopal tehsil, the official said.
In Mandi district, the Mandi-Kullu national highway has been blocked following a landslide on Thursday morning.
The Mandi district emergency operation centre (DEOC) said the incident occurred at 7 Mile near Pandoh due to which National Highway-21 has been blocked. Vehicular traffic has been diverted through Kataula.
In Chamba district, a crusher, two compressor machines and a store of a construction company were washed away in a cloudburst incident near Ala Nullah in Bharmour tehsil, Mokhta said.
In Lahaul-Spiti district, national highway-3 has been blocked. There is a flood-like situation and stones are continuously falling near Kuthbihal after flashfloods at Telling Nullah in Lahaul subdivision, he added.
Road restoration work is underway, the official said.
Besides, state highway number 26 was blocked following a flash flood at Sindhwari nullah in Udaipur sub division of Lahaul-Spiti district, he said.
Flash floods were also reported at Lote and Tozing Nullahs in Lahaul sub division and the assessment of losses is being done.
A car was hit by flash floods at Tozing Nullah, and the road has been closed for traffic to avoid any untoward incident.
Indian Meteorological Centre director Surender Paul said the ongoing wet spell of moderate to heavy intensity is likely to decrease Thursday night onwards for the next 48 hours with scattered precipitation in HP.
Precipitation will increase again around August 14 for subsequent three to four days with widespread rainfall of moderate to heavy intensity in Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Kangra, Chamba, Sirmaur, Solan, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Una and adjoining areas till August 16.