The Monsoon and western disturbances rains continue in the North Western Himalayan states of India for the last four months and are more severe currently forced the Hydro Met Division of the Indian Meteorological Department to sound alert of Flash Flood Risks and Surface Runoff and Inundation at many fully saturated watersheds and low lying areas due to expected persistent rain in next 24 hrs.
The Flash Flood National Flashflood guidelines bulletin for state of Himachal Pradesh indicating FFR outlook till 1000hrs on August 24, 2023, give two warning to Himachal Pradehs along with some parts of Uttrakhand and most part of Punjab. The alert says ” Moderate to high flash flood risk over few watersheds and neighbourhood of Shimla
Sirmaour, Kangra, Chamba, Mandi, Hamirpur, Solan, Bilaspur, and Kullu districts of Himachal Pradesh. The alert also said that Surface runoff or inundation may occur in some fully saturated watersheds and low-lying areas due to expected persistent rainfall in the next 24 hours.
The situation of severe rain disasters and saturation of water in the land or soil is so precarious that air, rail, and land transport are virtually paralyzed in the hills state. Keeping the red alert in mind Shimla capital Region and district closed down all educational institutions from Aganwari to University for two days. The report arrived from the state disaster management authority and said National Highway 21 from Chandigarh to Kirthpur is disrupted after two pillars of the Main Baddi Bridge in the industrial area BBN crippled vehicular traffic forcing the administration to divert traffic on the alternate route.
The old Hindustan Tibet National highway from Ambala to Korick of Kinnuar district was disrupted at Chaki Mod since this morning, Shimla Bypass road and Shimla -Chhota Shimla are also disrupted for vehicular are disrupted. NH-3 between Mandi and Manali was disrupted for a long time after washing down four lanes. The SDMA said that including Four NH and 530 major roads, besides this power and water supply is also disrupted in the 2897 distribution Transformer Region and 314 water supply scheme. 213 roads including NH 3 & 154 are affected in Mandi 134 in Solan district, 58 in Shimla, 50 in Bilaspur 33 in Hamirpur, and 24 in Kulu. In Mandi district 1142 DTR is down 598 DTR in Shimla, 376 in Hamirpur 158 DTR in Sirmaur, and 124 in Kulu respectively.
During the ongoing monsoon season from June 24 to August 22 state recorded 131 landslide and 60 flashflood incidents which took as many as 227 lives and 121 others died in rain related road mishap. During the entire rainy seaons sofar 348 people lost their lives and 336 people got injured. 2220 houses, 300 shop;s and 4695 dow sheds fully damaged and 9819 houses are partially damaged by the rain. State registered total monetary loss of tunes to Rs 8100 Crore sofar. 97 bridges damaged and 19 are completely wahsed by the rain. Water level of all the 23 major Dams in the state are reported normal till Tuesday and water of nine dams are being released to keep it below the danger mark.