Watch: Bridge, highway washed away as rain batters Himachal Pradesh


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Thirteen landslides and nine flash floods have been reported in the state in the past 36 hours, the state emergency operation centre was quoted as saying by PTI. Three people were killed and three others were missing after a vehicle hit by a landslide fell into the Ganga River in Tehri Garhwal district on Sunday.

One pilgrim was killed and two others went missing after falling from a hill near Parvati Bagh during the Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra, which has been suspended for July 9 and 10, in view of the red alert, ANI reported.

National Highway 21 is blocked at 6 mile, the same place where commuters were stuck for almost 24 hours on June 27 last due to a landslide. Four tourists had a narrow escape on Saturday night as a stone fell on their vehicle near Chadol on Chandigarh-Manali highway. On the National Highway 505, thirty college students stranded between Gramphu and Chota Dharra on Sundo-kaza-Gramphu following road block due to landslide and flash floods at several places.

Earlier in the day, a portion of National Highway 3 has been washed away by the overflowing Beas River in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. As many as 736 roads have been closed for traffic while 1,743 transformers and 138 water supply schemes were affected on Sunday morning. Several roads have also been closed in Shimla districts.

The Kullu-Manali road is blocked at several places due to landslides and Beas River is in spate near Ramshela and traffic has been halted from Kullu to Manali and Manali to Atal Tunnel. Landslides have also occurred on Mandi-Kullu road and only emergency vehicles are allowed on this stretch. All the trains between UNESCO heritage Shimla and Kalka track have been cancelled as landslides and falling of trees blocked the railway track at many places.

Shops have been swept away in Manali, while vehicles have been washed away in flash floods at Nullah in Kullu, Kinnaur and Chamba. All the major rivers, including Ravi, Beas, Satluj, Chenab, are in spate and tourists and commuters have been asked to avoid travelling during heavy rains and not to venture out near river bodies.

Meanwhile, the Losar village in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh received unexpected spell of snowfall on Sunday.

Nangal Dam at Bilaspur received 282.5mm rains followed by Bilaspur 224 mm, Dehra Gopipur 175.4 mm, Una 166.2 mm, Chamba 146.5 mm, Dalhousie 143 mm, Nahan and Manali 131.2 mm, Bilaspur 130 mm, Dharamsala 126.4 mm, Gondla 112 mm, Kangra 108 mm, Solan 107 mm, Jubbarhatti 103 mm, Bhuntar 101 mm, Palampur 94 mm, Narkanda 88 mm, Sundernagar 83 mm, Mandi 80 mm, Shimla 79.4 mm and Mashobra 70 mm.

The local met office had issued a red alert of extremely heavy rains (above 204 mm) in seven districts of the state on July 8 and 9. It has also cautioned of high flash flood risk over a few watersheds in Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur and Mandi districts.

With inputs from agencies


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