Heavy rainfall lashes in Himachal Pradesh; Army called for rescue operation
Everyday life is widely affected in Himachal Pradesh since Saturday after heavy rains in the mid hills and plains, while snowfall lashes in the upper hills of the state. Schools remained shut on Monday in at least 12 districts after heavy rainfall and snowfall lashed many parts of the state. Army has been called to conduct rescue operation for two stranded people due to flash floods in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. Two scooters and a car were washed away in the flash floods in the area, an official said. Several roads in various parts of the state, especially in Kinnaur and Chamba districts, were blocked due to landslides, heavy rains and snowfall. Kangra district DC Sandeep Kumar warned the residents and tourists to stay away from rivers and nullahs to avoid any unpleasant condition. In case of any emergency, they can give a call to administration at 1077. The state received moderate-to-heavy rainfall since Saturday, with Naina Devi town in Bilaspur district being the wettest recording 178.2 mm of rainfall. Sarkaghat town in Mandi district recorded 137 mm of rain, followed by Mehre (132.6 mm), Manali (127.4 mm), Dharamshala (125.2 mm) and Kasauli (105 mm), the meteorological department said. Shimla received 47.1 mm of rain.