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Road connecting Rohtang pass cut off due to flash floods

One person was washed away in heavy rains during the past 24 hours have wreaked havoc in Himachal Pradesh. Chavindder Thakur reports.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2012 17:57 IST
Chavindder Thakur
Chavindder Thakur
Hindustan Times

Heavy rains during the past 24 hours have wreaked havoc in Himachal Pradesh.

At least one person was washed away,while two army bridges collapsed and five vehicles were swept in the flash flooding caused by cloud burst at Seri nullah 27km in the uphill tourist town Manali of kullu district.

The flash floods that occurred on Friday night at Dhundi, 20 km from Manali near the construction site of Rohtang Tunnel, washed away the Bailey bridge constructed by Border Roads Organization.

About 12 meters road stretch was damaged near Palchan which has cut off road connectivity to Rohtang.

According to government officials the road restoration work will take at least three to four day.

"Border Road Organization has begun road restoration works. It will take at least three to four days for the road restoration" said subdivsional magistrate Manali Balbir Thakur.

The road stretch was damaged to due massive soil erosion caused by flooding Beas river.

Five vehicles belonging to the border road organization that was parked along the Road side near Bhang nullah was also swept away by gushing streams of water in Beas.

"These are class IV vehicles which had been condemned by the border road organization" said Thakur.

As many as 85 shanties of Nepalese labourers living on the banks of Beas were also swept in the flooding water.

Residents along Beas river were evacuated in the evening when the water level suddenly raised after heavy rains poured in the catchment areas.

One person was found dead on near Patlkikhul . The decsaed had been identified as 22 years Tenzing resident of Gompa road Manali. The decsaed was on his way from Rangri to Kullu when he slipped in to the flooding nullah.

People living along Nehru Kund, Palchan and Bhang villages have been asked to move to safer places and relief operations are in full swing.

The estimated loss caused by damage to roads, bridges and other property was about Rs 8 crore which included loss of Rs 5-7 crore incurred by the BRO and about Rs 2 crore by the state but exact loss was being assessed, district commissioner said.

First Published: Aug 04, 2012 17:53 IST

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