Widespread rain creates havoc in Hamirpur district of Himachal

Widespread damage has been caused to properties and road links have snapped in all parts of the Hamirpur district due to incessant rains lashing the district for the last seventy-two hours.

One person was washed away and two others were rescued when water level rose suddenly in Biar khad flowing through Badsar revenue sub division of the district last night. Police and Home guards were busy to locate the body of the missing person, said an official spokesman here today.

In another incident, an aged woman was buried alive and her son was extricated alive in Bhoranj revenue sub division of the district due to damage to a house last night.

Meanwhile, reporters of landslides have been received from at least eight places across the district. Water has entered into the houses of about one dozen people in ward number 8 of the Hamirpur town located in the old housing board colony due to a landslide and falling of huge trees from the nearby hillock.

A two story house of a health department nurse collapsed and converted into the rubbles last night. However, those living inside left for safe place on hearing the landslide voice.

The out wall of the house of the residence of Hamirpur Deputy Commissioner was badly damaged due to the heavy rains. The main road leading from Hamirpur town to Anu area of the town has been closed due to falling of huge pine trees on the main road. People have been directed to move through alternate routes to reach the Anu area of the town.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner Hemraj Bairwa has appealed to all the residents of the district to take special precautions in view of the bad weather.

He said that the Meteorological Department has issued an alert for heavy rains in district Hamirpur. The Deputy Commissioner has urged all the residents of the district not to go out unnecessarily in bad weather and stay away from places prone to landslides and floods.

He said that people, who have a possibility of landslide or water-logging near their houses, should immediately inform the panchayat public representatives or local authorities. If there has been a landslide or debris has fallen around the house, then they should also inform about it immediately and shift to safe places as a precaution.

The Deputy Commissioner also made a special appeal to the low-lying areas around the rivers and drains, saying that they should not go near the rivers and drains. He said that in case of any kind of emergency contact on telephone number 01972-1077.

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