The rising water level of Suketi Khud submerged many villages in Balh Valley

The rising of water level in Suketi Khud (rivulet) in Balh Valley of Mandi district submerged many villages and business institutions in the flood waters.

Himachal Kisan Sabha Vice President of Kisan Sabha, Joginder Walia said that due to heavy rains for the last 48 hours dozens of villages and business establishments have been waterlogged. 

He said that Suketi Khud is in spate and flood waters took dozens of villages and business institutions under its grip.

He said that no relief and rescue operation was conducted by the government and administration. The common people had to suffer the loss of lakhs of rupees due to waterlogging.

The flood waters affected Bhangrotu-Nerchok, Dador Kansachonk, Dawan, Sihanh, Sihan, Chandyal, Behna, Gutkar and Nagchala village.

Local residents alleged that all drainage systems were damaged in Fourlane construction and flood water is coming inside shops and houses.

Mr Walia said that Suketi Khud saw a flood after 61 yrs He said that in 1961 Suketi Khud also washed down many villages and hundreds of people and cattle. The 1962 flood forced the State Government to raise the road level from Dardor to Nerchok and people were resettled at the high line areas.

Deputy Commissioner Solan Manmohan Sharma today announced the movement of heavy vehicles including buses should be suspended in both directions from Solan to Parwanoo and Vice Versa on NH-5 with effect from 1900 hrs on Sunday till further order. The notification issued by the DC Solan said that due to incessant rainfall, the National Highway 05 from Parwanoo to Solan is blocked intermittently at Chakki Mod point. He said that owing to rock or mudslides and landslides at the site, restoration work will continue to ensure alternative traffic movement.  

Mr. Sharma said that National Highway authorities had informed him that a few cracks have been noticed on the road at the above-mentioned place and requested to stop the movement of heavy vehicles in order to ensure the safety of the general public. 

According to the Shimla district administration due to increasing rainfall decision was taken to remain school closed tomorrow. The district disaster management authority Shimla said that normal life is out of gear in the district due to the continued spell of heavy rainfall since the last two days in the region hampering connectivity. He said that decision was taken due to inclement weather conditions and poor connectivity in all government Primary, Middle, Higher, and Senior Secondary Schools affiliated to Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) as well as all private schools affiliated to CBSE / ICSE or any other education Board in the Sub Division Shimla  (Rural) should remain closed on 14th August 2023.  

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