According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be heavy rains on July 13 and from July 14 to 16. Therefore, Under the Disaster Management Act 2005, district officials of all departments in Kangra district have been ordered to be on alert.
Rain has wreaked havoc in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. Many cars and buildings were washed away at tourist places in the flash floods caused by heavy rains. Along with this, the airport located here also had to be closed. At the same time, frightening situations were seen in McLeodganj due to Cloudburst which caused a flood situation. The water level of rivers and streams rose so much that many vehicles were washed away in it. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the situation arising out of heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh is being closely monitored. All possible help is being provided to the hill state.
Flights have been cancelled
A drain near Bhagsu Nag in Upper Dharamsala adjoining McLeodganj diverted its course due to heavy rains and washed away four cars and several bikes. A Government school building in Bhagsu Nag was damaged and adjoining hotels were submerged. The airport's traffic in-charge Gaurav Kumar said that due to inclement weather and heavy rains, all flights coming to Dharamsala airport in Gaggal have been cancelled.
Mandi-Pathankot highway was also damaged
Two buildings were washed away while several others were damaged due to flash floods in Manjhi Khad area adjoining Dharamsala. A bridge on the Mandi-Pathankot highway was also damaged due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains. This stopped the traffic. Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to take stock of the situation arising out of flash floods in several districts of Himachal Pradesh and assured him of all possible help from the Centre.
CM Thakur gave instructions
CM Thakur also expressed concern over the damage caused by the heavy rains and asked the administration of different districts to provide immediate relief and carry out rescue operations in the affected areas. He requested that the local people and tourists should avoid visiting the river bank to avoid any untoward incident. DC Dr. Nipun Jindal said that according to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be heavy rains on July 13 and from July 14 to 16. Therefore, Under the Disaster Management Act 2005, district officials of all departments in Kangra district have been ordered to be on alert.
Chandigarh-Manali National Highway closed
Chandigarh-Manali National Highway has been closed after landslides caused by heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi. This has caused huge traffic jams. According to reports, vehicles have been diverted from the Kataula-Kullu route.
Centre’s eye on situation : PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the situation arising out of heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh is being closely monitored and all possible help is being extended to the hill state. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “The situation arising out of heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh is being closely monitored. The officials are working closely with the state government. All possible help is being provided. I wish for the safety of the people of the affected areas."