Landslide threat looms large in Kangra after heavy rain

Updated on Jul 19, 2015 09:24 PM IST
Torrential showers over the past two days continued to inflict destruction on private and public property besides disrupting normal life in the region.
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Hindustan Times | By, Dharamsala

Torrential showers over the past two days continued to inflict destruction on private and public property besides disrupting normal life in the region.

A landslide that hit Jheol village in Dharamsala subdivision threatened to destroy about half a dozen houses. Dev Raj, a local, said a small hillock above the village started caving in on Friday night and a huge mass of mud and rocks hurtled down the next day, snapping water and power supply in the area. "The rubble was still rolling down on Sunday and may inflict damage to half a dozen houses situated near the hillock," he added.

Manju Chaudhary, head of the Jheol panchayat, said officials of the administration and the irrigation and public health department visited the village to assess the situation.

Urban development minister Sudhir Sharma, who is also the local MLA, instructed officials to extend every possible assistance to the affected villagers and begin repair work as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the heavy rainfall on Sunday caused extensive damage in Una district with swollen rivulets inundating fields and houses adding to the misery of villagers. According to reports water entered homes in Bahdala village causing damage estimated at lakhs. Area residents said the problem occurred every year during the monsoon season as the village lacked a proper drainage system.

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