Uprooting of trees and landslides in Himachal paralyzes normal life

Paralyzing normal life, the continued monsoon rain uprooted many trees and caved in the roads at various places in the past 24 hrs further disrupting more roads, power, and water supply schemes in the state. 

SP Shimla Sanjay Gandhi said that among the roads that are totally closed due to landslides are NH 205 between Heeranagar & Dhanda, Shoghi Mehli bypass nr. Beuliya, Old ISBT to Chouta Shimla road at Himland hotel, Khalini to Tutikandi nr. Kanlog, Police line Kainthu road at High Court guest house are blocked. 

He said that roads have been blocked and a number of trees are dislodged by the subsequent flash flood keeping a couple of vehicles under it at Forest Colony Mist Chamber, Khalini of Shimla town. SP said that Shimla. Tutikandi – Phagli, Cart Road, Mehli – Badagaon – Shoghi, and Vikasnagar SDA Complex -Kasumpti are closed for vehicular traffic in Shimla town. 

SP Shimla also informed that Shimla- Mandi (NH 205)  (At Hiranagar(, Theog – Narkanda road(Devimod) are blocked .. Shimla – Solan – Parwanoo National Highway,  Kharapathar – Tikkar Gumma – Baghi, Tikkar – Nankhari Khamadi, Narkanda-Tikkar and Rampur-Rohru via Sungri roads are open only for light vehicles in Shimla district

Report arriving from Kullu said that NH-3 between Kullu to Mandi Via Pandoh and  Kullu Mandi Via Kamand road are completely blocked, Bhuntar Manikaran and Banjar Ani road are through only for LMV  however Kullu Manali  Right and Left Bank, Aut- Sainj and Aut- Banjar in the district are through.

According to Solan district Administration  NH – 05 junctions of the highway between Parwanoo to Datyar,  Datyar To Chakimor, Chakimor to Jabli, and Jabli To Dharampur are open for LMV, Pickup, and buses, 

NH-5 between Dharampur to Kumarhatti and Kumarhatti to Solan is open however the highway between Solan to Shogi is opened for one lane. Baring Nalagarh -Bharatgarh road All other roads are opened in Nalagarh and other subdivisions of Solan district.

In Bilaspur Namhol-Bramphukar a major portion of the road caved in disrupting vehicular traffic on NH-88 between Shimla and Bilaspur. Near the blockage, a house and a few vehicles sink down along with the flash flood.   

According to the state disaster management authority two four lanes, four NH, and 452 major roads are blocked in the State. 236 roads including NH-3 are blocked in Mandi, 59 in Shimla and 40 in Bialspur, and 39 in Kullu district. The power supply was also disrupted in 1814 by distribution transformer lines and water supply in 59 schemes. 

The state administration issued an advisory to local people to not travel if it is not necessary. According to Met Office Sundernagar had 166 mm rainfall, Sujanrpur Tira (Hamirpur 145 mm, Gohar in Mandi   125 mm, Kahu ( Bilaspur 124 mm and Mandi town 115. Berthin in Bilaspur 83 mm, Bilaspur 60 mm, Jubberhati Airport 51 mm, and Shimla recorded 45 mm rain. 

The Met Office issued an orange alert of heavy to very heavy rain and few places and mostly widespread rain in the state. The heavy rainfall is attributed to the combined effect of aggressive monsoon and western disturbances.  

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