Himachal records moderate spell of monsoon rain in past 24 hrs

South West Monsoon currently dominated the state and lashed many places of Himachal Pradesh as moderate rainfall was recorded in the previous 24 hrs and district administration Sirmaur and Chamba issued an alert.

Report arriving here said that Nahan in Sirmaur had 71.4 mm rainfall, Pachhad:47.2 mm Una  52.4 mm, Nangal  20.4 mm, and Kahu(Bilaspur) 37.2 mm in the state, Kangra had 33 mm, Tourist resort Kufri 28 mm Dalhousie 21 mm, Manali 16 mm and Palampur 18 mm, Airport Jubberhati nine mm and  Bhuntar Airport and Shimla eight mm. Light to moderate spells of rain were also recorded at many other places. 

Deputy Commissioner Sirmaur Sumit Khimta warned the people that people should stay away from the river and water bodies. He said that monsoon rain is likely to be vigorous and people should avoid going to vulnerable places due to the risk of different types of disasters. DC said that during the rainy season incidents like landslides and floods occur at various places in the district and during monsoon, there are untoward incidents of people drowning in Giri, Yamuna, Markanda, Jalal, Bata, Tons, etc. rivers in the district Sirmour.  In order to prevent the recurrence of such untoward incidents, all citizens are warned to refrain from going near rivers and potholes, drains and ghats and swimming, bathing, and any other kind of activities in them,  danger can be avoided.

 He told that in spite of issuing warnings, some people unnecessarily go near rivers, drains, and potholes, due to which they put their lives at risk.

 The Deputy Commissioner urged the residents of Sirmaur to avoid unnecessary travel in river drains and landslide areas during this rainy season and travel only after consultation issued by the Meteorological Department and the district administration in extreme need and emergency. 

 He urged all the gram panchayats, schools, and other educational institutions of the district to make more and more people aware of this context and maintain vigilance in their respective work areas.  Share this information with as many people as possible, so that the loss of life and property can be reduced.

Under the chairmanship of Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania, a meeting was held at Deputy Commissioner’s office in Chamba to ensure the availability of various arrangements in the district during the monsoon season.  

 Kuldeep Singh Pathania issued instructions to all departmental officers to take necessary action in a time-bound manner to ensure the availability of various arrangements during the monsoon season.

 He issued instructions to the Superintending Engineer of the Public Works Department to ensure the availability of necessary machinery and accessories in the potential and identified places affected by landslides on important roadways of the district so that the roadway could be smoothened soon in the event of landslides. And people should not have to face any kind of inconvenience.

 The Assembly Speaker also issued instructions to the Superintending Engineer of the Jal Shakti Department to take necessary steps to ensure continuous drinking water supply during this period.

 Kuldeep Singh Pathania asked the Superintending Engineer of the Electricity Board to complete the necessary maintenance and repair works in various areas at the earliest to ensure the power supply system.

 He also reviewed the progress of works being carried out under National Highway Chakki-Chamba-Bharmour (154A) and provided necessary directions to the concerned authorities. A detailed discussion was also held on the plantation program through the Forest Department in the meeting. MLA Neeraj Nayyar, Deputy Commissioner Apoorva Devgan, Superintendent of Police Abhishek Yadav, Forest Conservator Abhilash Damodaran, Additional District Magistrate Amit Maihra, Public Works Department, Jal Shakti Department, Superintending Engineer of Electricity Board participated in the meeting.

A report arriving here from Lahaul Spiti said that Manali Leh National Highway ( NH – 003 ) is open for all types of vehicles between 0600hrs to 1600hrs on Thursday. Darcha Shinkula Road is open for four-by-four and four-by-two vehicle drive from Zaskar towards Darcha from 0600 to 1600 hrs and Pangi Killar Highway ( SH – 26 ) is open for all types of vehicles. Kaza road ( NH – 505 ) from Gramphu to Kaza is open for four-by-four and four-by-two vehicles and from Sumdo to Losar is open for all types of vehicles.

IMD issued a moderate rain alert during the next three days in Bilaspur, Shimla, Sirmaur, and Solan districts more alerts of very heavy rain are also being issued in some places in the above four districts. IMD said in the temperature forecast that the Minimum and Maximum temperature for one week is marked below normal in some parts of Lahual Spiti and Chamba and appreciably below normal in Kullu, Kangra, and some parts of Mandi and Kinnear. There would be no major change in the temperature during next week also.

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