Four more bodies recovered from Sirmaur cloud burst, Monsoon death toll rises to 255 in Himachal

 Himachal Pradesh Rainfury death toll mounted to 255 on Saturday as four more fatalities are confirmed with the recovery of three bodies in a Friday cloud burst incident in Sirmour district and one kid died last evening, according to state Diaster management authority one dozen people wounded in rain-related mishaps.

Three more bodies were recovered by the rescue team in the cloudburst in Sirmauri Taal of district Sirmaur. Five people lost their lives in the mishap and two bodies were recovered yesterday. In a very heart-wrenching sight, the rescue team reached the ground floor of the collapsed building today three dead bodies were lying there. Deceased including three women a girls and three years boy.

A family returning from Kullu to their home in Sundarnagar around 9 o’clock in the night, a 6-year-old boy died on the spot due to rocks falling on the car from the hill while the 3-year-old daughter along with her parents was badly injured. 

With four new death in the past 24 hrs death toll in monsoon went up to 255 persons in the state since June 24.

Twelve passengers sustained injured when an HRTC  bus met with an accident following caving-in of the road near Kango on the Mandi-Shimla highway in Mandi district in the early hours this morning.

The passengers had a narrow escape as the bus stopped over the sunken stretch of the road and did not roll into a khud, they said.

“Continuous heavy rain has resulted in caving in of roads, building collapse, landslides and increase in water levels in the rivers and streams.

Reports are pouring from district headquarters Nahan of Sirmour said more than a dozen villages, including Jalapadi Dhar Kyari of the panchayat, are bereft of the road for the last one and a half months. 

The Banog Dhar Kyari road, which collapsed after heavy rains, remains a victim of the administration’s neglect. 

The road to Sri Nainadevi temple was also blocked due to a landslide and people were asked to take the alternative route to reach the temple.

A major landslide occurred in the Nalagarh area of Solan district following heavy rains and four rooms of about 600-year-old Nalagarh Fort collapsed on Friday night.

Raja Bikram Chand of the Chand dynasty of Himachal Pradesh constructed the fort in 1421 AD and presently it has been converted into a resort by the erstwhile royal family.

Kullu-Manali areas were cut off as landslides blocked the Mandi Kullu National Highway between Mandi and Pandoh.

Several alternative routes were blocked as swollen waters of Suketi Khud not only flooded the areas along the banks and the roads but also entered the houses in Balh Valley in Mandi.

The local administration sounded an alert advising the people in the valley to remain confined to their houses.

The Shimla-Kalka National Highway remained blocked for several hours after a fresh landslide at Chakki Mor and was partially opened for light vehicles in the afternoon. However, a large number of landslides on this stretch and fog were hindering traffic.

Heavy rain wreaked havoc at many places in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, causing floods and landslides and forcing the closure of over 300 roads, as Monsoon bounced back into the hill state.

The IMD issued an orange alert in the state warning People of heavy to very rainfall in the next 24 hrs.

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