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18 dead, highways closed as rains pound Himachal

The weather office has forecast heavy rains across the state till Tuesday.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2018 23:08 IST
Gaurav Bisht and Naresh K Thakur
Gaurav Bisht and Naresh K Thakur
Hindustan Times, Shimla/Dharamshala
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The Chandigarh-Manali National Highway-21 has been closed for vehicles near Mandi town, an official said.(HT Photo)

At least 18 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh as the state experienced incessant rains since Sunday evening. Traffic was also disrupted on several highways as the rain fury led to havoc in various parts of the state on Monday.

Landslides triggered by heavy rains led to death of eight persons, including four members of a family in Solan district, followed by four in Mandi two each in Hamirpur and Kangra districts and one each in Bilaspur and Una, said an official.

The Chandigarh-Shimla highway also remained blocked at various places due to landslides and all trains on the Kalka-Shimla route were suspended for the day. Road traffic was also disrupted for hours on Shimla-Nahan, Chamba-Pathankot, Mandi-Pathankot and Shimla-Kinnaur highways. Additional chief secretary Manisha Nanda said 923 roads were closed due to landslides, including six national highways.

The government has advised people to avoid travel as the weather officials warned of heavy rains in the state till Tuesday and thereafter on August 16 and 17. As a precautionary measure, all schools and educational institutes in the state will remain closed on Tuesday too.

Four members of a family, including two children, were buried under debris at Lamsar village near Kurgal in Kandaghat subdivision of Solan district around 4am, while a 7-year-old boy was washed away in Kaushalya river near Parwanoo in the district.

In Mandi, a woman was killed after a house collapsed in Tadun village of Dharampur subdivision, while a man was killed in Kansa village of Balh subdivision as his car plunged into the Beas near Pandoh dam.

Several shanties in a slum area near Panchvaktra Temple in Mandi town were washed away due to flood in the Beas. The river is flowing over the danger mark in Mandi town since Sunday. Balh valley, famous for vegetable production, was also submerged due to flood in the Suketi rivulet.

In Hamirpur, a 65-year-old woman and her nine-year-old granddaughter were killed after their house collapsed due to landslide in Thana village of the Bhoranj subdivision.

A man was killed while his wife and son were injured after a house collapsed at Tali village of Bilaspur district. In Una, a three-year-old girl died, while six members of a family escaped unhurt after the Toyota Innova they were travelling in rolled down a gorge near Chintpurni after a portion of the road caved in. The Kapurthala family was returning home after paying obeisance at the Chintpurni shrine.

Vehicles buried under debris in Kandaghat area in Solan district. (HT Photo)

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 10:32 IST