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IMD: “Orange Alert” sounded in Himachal Pradesh for next 12 hours, 22 killed, 6 missing in flash floods

Incessant heavy rains wreaks havoc in HP that triggers landslides and many disasters due to this IMD has sounded Orange alert in Himachal Pradesh for next 12 hours. Sudesh Kumar Mokhta, director of the State Disaster Management Department, said that due to heavy rains, the maximum damage has been done in Mandi, Kangra and Chamba districts.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Shimla: Incessant heavy rains wreaks havoc in HP that triggers landslides and many disasters due to this IMD has sounded Orange alert in Himachal Pradesh for next 12 hours. In the last 24 hours due to heavy rain in the state, 22 people died in landslides, floods and cloudburst incidents, while 6 people went missing. At the same time, 12 people have been injured. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert of heavy rain at different places in Kangra, Chamba, Bilaspur, Sirmaur and Mandi districts.

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State IMD Deputy Director Bui Lal said, “Moderate to heavy rains will be seen in the next 5 days. Orange alert has been issued for the next 12 hours for the entire state, yellow alert has been issued for the rest of the days till August 24.

Sudesh Kumar Mokhta, director of the State Disaster Management Department, said that due to heavy rains, the maximum damage has been done in Mandi, Kangra and Chamba districts. He said that 36 incidents of weather have been registered in the state during the last 24 hours. Sudesh Kumar Mokhta further said, 743 roads including Manali-Chandigarh National Highway in Mandi and Shimla-Chandigarh Highway in Shoghi have been closed due to waterlogging.

According to sources, at least 22 people died while 6 people were reported missing in Himachal Pradesh in the incidents of landslides, floods and cloud bursts due to heavy rains in the last 24 hours. are going. Due to heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh, the maximum damage has been done in Mandi, Kangra and Chamba districts. Traffic is completely disrupted at many places.

13 died in Mandi district alone
Deputy Commissioner Arindam Choudhary said that 13 people died and five went missing due to floods and landslides in Mandi district alone. The bodies of eight members of a family were retrieved from the rubble of their house after a four-hour-long search operation by NDRF and police in Kashan village of Gohar development block, he said. He told that this house had collapsed in the landslide.

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dead body of a girl found in baaghi drain
According to the Deputy Commissioner, the body of a girl was recovered in Mandi, about half a kilometer away from her house, in the Baaghi drain on Mandi-Katola-Parashar road on Friday night. He said that five members of the girl’s family were also reported to have been washed away in the floods. He said that after the cloudburst, many families have left their homes located between the rebel and old Katola areas and took shelter in other safe places.

Mokhta said that two people were killed and two others were injured when a stone fell on the vehicle in Theog, Shimla. Mokhta said that three people were killed when a house collapsed following a landslide at around 4.30 am in Banet village of Chauwari, Chamba.

Landslide in Mandi
According to administrative officials, 13 people died and many went missing due to floods and landslides in Mandi district alone. The bodies of eight members of a family were retrieved from the rubble of their house after a four-hour long search operation by the NDRF and police in Kashan village of Gohar development block, he said. This house had collapsed in the landslide.

Due to heavy rains in Uttarakhand, people’s troubles have increased. Four people have died due to cloudburst in different parts of the state. While 10 people are said to be missing. At the same time, many rivers in the state are in spate, due to which the bridges have been washed away. In Tehri district’s Gwad village, torrential rains destroyed two houses, leaving seven people buried under the rubble. Tehri DM Saurabh Gaharwar said that two bodies have been recovered from the debris. An elderly woman died of suffocation due to being buried under debris in Kothar village.

He said railway officials had declared the bridge unsafe and train service on the ‘narrow gauge track’ from Pathankot in Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh has been suspended. He told that 30 people trapped in the flash floods in Hamirpur have been safely evacuated.

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CM expressed grief over the death of people
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and BJP President JP Nadda expressed grief over the loss of lives and said that the administration is carrying out rescue operations on a war footing in the affected districts. Chief Engineer of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department said, 743 roads including Manali-Chandigarh highway in Mandi and Shimla-Chandigarh highway in Shoghi have been closed for traffic due to waterlogging.

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