Monsoon rain continues to wreak havoc in most places of Himachal Pradesh as death toll and loss to livestock and private and public property mounted in the past 24 hrs and road and communication services are disrupted.
According to the Kinnuar district administration in the previous 24 hrs, cloudburst washed away and disrupted old Hindustan-Tibet National Highway-5 and NH-305 between Luhari- Aut. The report said that NH-5 is blocked in Barauni and Manglad of Jhakhri and NH-305 Luhri Aut was also blocked at three places.
This affected vehicular traffic and broke off all road communication with Kinnuar district and many areas of Ani in Kullu and Seraj Valley of Mandi district. Administeration said that all other alternative route was also already blocked.
Normal life continues out of gear in Sarpara Gram Panchayat of Kandhar of Rampur (Shimla district) after a cloud burst on the intervening night of July 25 and 26. The report issued by district administration Said that heavy rainfall affected relief and rescue operations. Flood water entered the house in many places. One Govt Primary School a Youth club and a Mahila Mandal building and three houses were washed away due to a cloudburst in Kandahar of Sarpara Panchayat of the Pandrabish area of Shimla district on Wednesday.
Including 15 sheep and 6 cows washed away along with three cowsheds in Kandhar village. Vice President of Sarpara Gram Panchayat CL Parkeshta informed that the following cloudburst and subsequent flashflood and landslides rendered heavy loss to property as arable land along with crops washed away and buried in the debris in Kunni, Tha, and Naini villages near Jeori and Bethal in the subdivision. Natural calamities are giving sleepless nights to affected people and torrential rain and cloudburst also develop an atmosphere of panic among the people.
State Administration said in a press release issued last night said that the death toll mounted to 176 in the recent rain as eight people died in a rain-related mishap on Wednesday. Similarly, a total loss tune Rs 5361 Crore has been assessed by the state revenue department as the state recorded 65 landslides and 51 Flashflood incidents. About 10,000 houses were either damaged or completely collapsed in the rain fury.
According to state administration, most of the roads state(12000) recorded a heavy loss to property as a total of 14 brides washed away and 34 were damaged in the state crippling vehicular traffic completely in many places of Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, and Mandi district.