Heavy downpour in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh has wreaked havoc leaving people panic stricken and homeless. 378 roads are closed due to landslides in the state and 13 people have lost their lives.
Several national highways were blocked due to landslides across the state of Himachal. The tourist attraction town Manali, has been cut off completely from Kullu and the rest of the state, after an overflowing Beas river submerged roads on either side of the river following torrential rain that lashed the state during the last 24 hours.
The Army has been called to rescue two people who are stranded due to flash floods in Kangra district, according to the reports by Hindustan Times. “Two persons are stuck there. Fire brigade and rescue teams are at the spot. They are waiting for the water level to recede. The Kangra district administration made a requisition to the Army Monday morning to rescue them,” the official said.
All government and private schools in Shimla, Sirmaur, Kangra, Kullu, Chamba, Mandi, Kinnaur, Solan and Hamirpur districts are directed to remain closed. Dalhousie town recorded 170-millimetre rainfall, the highest in the state. This was followed by Manali 121 mm, Kangra 120 mm, Palampur 108 mm, and Dharamshala and Una with 62mm each, during the last 24 hours. The Met office has predicted more rain and snow for the next 24 hours.