“Continuous rainfall has abnormally increased the water level in the Satluj river and its tributaries. An alert has been sounded in the villages and towns located along the river in Shimla and Kinnaur districts,” a government spokesperson told.
Almost the whole of Himachal Pradesh was left drenched on Sunday as the state witnessed heaviest monsoon rains this season in the last 24 hours, triggering landslides at many places and affected traffic at many places. The meteorological department has predicted that heavy rains may continue for the next 72 hours.
Around half-a-dozen vehicles were damaged due to flash flood near Kaza town on Saturday night. Though water entered inside some houses, no major damage was reported even as people were left awake all night. According to sources, a dry nullah all of a sudden overflowed with gushing water from mountains on Saturday night, which snapped the road connectivity with Kaza town. Traffic remained suspended till Sunday afternoon. Local residents said nullah was almost dry for last many years with very less water flowing in it even during rains, but the way it flooded on Saturday indicated cloud burst in higher mountains.
Likewise, the water level of the Beas in Kullu district has also increased. The water level of the river has increased so much that at some places the river is touching the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway 21.
The incessant rains have also caused massive landslides on the National Highways 21 and 22 in Shimla, Kinnaur, Mandi and Kullu districts, hampering vehicular traffic.
In Chamba town, a one-and-half-year old child died while two others were injured Tuesday when the boundary wall of the zonal hospital caved in due to heavy rains.
One person died in Kuher village of the Baloth panchayat in Chamba district Monday after a house collapsed.
Meanwhile, the pilgrims bound for the Manimahesh lake in the interiors of Chamba district remained stranded for hours as vehicular traffic on the Chamba-Bharmour road was suspended due to landslides.