Rains wreak havoc in Kangra, Chamba
Continuous rains for the past 24 hours has damaged public and private property worth crores in Kangra and Chamba districts of Himachal Pradesh. At least a dozen houses, several shops and cow shelters were damaged across the Kangra district.
According to the reports, seven ‘kutcha’ houses were destroyed in Kangra sub-division only. There are reports of damage to houses and cow shelters in Baijnath and Jaisinghpur sub-division as well.
Kangra deputy commissioner Sandeep Kumar said revenue officials have been directed to assess the losses and provide immediate relief to families affected.
“Exact loss will be known after revenue officials submit their reports to the district administration,” he added.
Water accumulates at Dharamshala airport
The authorities at Dharamshala’s Gaggal airport had to break a boundary wall to drain the water accumulated in the airport complex. Airport director Sonum Norbu said the source of water was a nearby nullah, Sokdu. Several links roads in the district were also closed due to landslide triggered by downpour.
The schools in Kangra district were closed on Friday. District administration made an announcement in this regard early in the morning.
Torrent of mud in Chamba
Residents of six houses belonging to retired army officers were evacuated in Chilama village near Chamba’s Bakloh cantonment as heavy rains triggered the mud flow in a nullah on Thursday evening.
As per the eyewitnesses, the mud and debris entered seven to eight houses and shops in Chilama.
Bhatiyat tehsildar Onkar Singh along with a team of police personnel reached the spot to assess the damages and tackle emergency situation.
District administration has sounded an alert in the area and people have been told not to venture near nullah.
Dharamshala experiences heaviest rainfall
Dharamshala experienced the heaviest rainfall at 292.4mm in Himachal Pradesh in last 24 hours followed by Palampur (86mm, Kangra (40mm), Mandi (38.4mm), Bhuntar (38mm), Dalhousie (17mm) and Manali (15.6mm).
Kelyong was the coldest place with minimum temperature recorded at 12.3 degrees Celsius followed by Manali (14 degree C).