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Devastating Effects of Himachal Pradesh Rain Fury and Uttarakhand Landslides Leaves 21 Dead

Himachal Pradesh Landslides

In Himachal Pradesh, 21 people were killed in rain-related incidents, while heavy downpours in Uttarakhand led to landslides and swelling of the river Beas.

A total of 21 people have died in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh landslides, according to Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.

An official said a cloudburst hit Jadon village late on Sunday night, killing seven members of a family.

Solan Divisional Commissioner Manmohan Sharma said two houses were washed away and six people were rescued.

Solan Superintendent of Police (SP) Gaurav Singh identified the deceased as Harnam (38), Kamal Kishore (35), Hemlata (34), Rahul (14), Neha (12), Golu (8) and Raksha (12).

Nine people were killed after a Shiva temple collapsed in Summerhill area of Shimla amid heavy rainfall, the Chief Minister told India Today. Nearly 50 people had come to worship at the temple, according to the police.

As part of the rescue operation, a fire brigade team and a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team were present.

Heavy rainfall continued to batter Himachal Pradesh and neighbouring Uttarakhand in the past 24 hours, causing landslides to block key roads, wash away bridges, close educational institutions, and raise river levels.

A tree fell on a private bus in Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, injuring the conductor.

Due to the incessant rains, all schools and colleges in the state will be closed until August 14 (Monday).

According to the state emergency operation center, 621 roads are currently closed for vehicular traffic, including 236 in Mandi, 59 in Shimla and 40 in Bilaspur.

Shimla-Kalka National Highway, connecting Shimla and Chandigarh, has been affected by recurring landslides for the past two weeks.

There have been heavy rains in all parts of the Hamirpur district for the past 48 hours. This has caused a spate in river Beas and its tributaries. The areas worst affected are Maan and Kunah nullahs.

In all parts of Hamirpur, crops, fertile land, and official and private buildings have been damaged by rains and landslides. The district administration has warned residents not to venture out near the Beas river bank and nullahs.

Himachal Pradesh has suffered losses totaling Rs 7,020 crore and 257 people have died in rain-related incidents and road accidents since the monsoon started on June 24.

In the state, a yellow warning has been issued for heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and lightning from August 14 to 17 and a wet spell is predicted until August 19.

UTTRAKHAND- Himachal Pradesh Landslides

As a result of incessant rain, landslides have blocked traffic on various roads, including national highways, affecting people’s movement.

A landslide near Kunjapuri Bagardhar in Tehri blocked traffic on Rishikesh-Chamba National Highway, while heavy vehicles were stopped at Sakhnidhar on Rishikesh-Devprayag-Srinagar National Highway.

It has been raining continuously in Chamoli district since Sunday evening, causing damage to the Tharali and Nanda Nagar Ghat areas. The water levels of the Pindar and Nandakini rivers have increased, putting the surrounding areas at risk.

A motor bridge and a suspension bridge were washed away late at night, but no human casualties have been reported.

As a result of the continuous downpour, the Mandakini river level has also increased in the Nanda Nagar Ghat area. Residents have been advised to evacuate their homes.

In Kotdwar, heavy rain caused the water levels in the Ho and Malan Sukhrou rivers to rise, and several houses were washed away. To ensure the safety of individuals living in high-risk areas, police forces and a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team have been deployed.

By the meteorological department, six districts of the state, including Dehradun and Nainital, have been warned of heavy rains on Monday. The hill state has been reeling under incessant monsoon showers that have left 60 people dead and 17 missing while affecting normal life.

The red alert has been sounded for Tehri, Dehradun, Pauri, Champawat, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts which are expected to receive intense to very heavy rain with thunder and lightning for the next two days, while Haridwar is on orange alert.

In case of an emergency, the government has instructed their district magistrates and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to remain alert.

On Monday, schools in Dehradun and Champawat will be closed.


There is a possibility of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms over Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, west Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on August 14.

On August 15, 16 and 17, heavy rainfall is also expected in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Odisha, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

On August 16 and 17, heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Gangetic West Bengal and Jharkhand.

Over the next seven days, the weather office also predicted subdued rainfall activity in northwest, central, west and south India.

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