Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh, may hamper rescue operations: MeT

Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh, may hamper rescue operations: MeT

Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh, may hamper rescue operations: MeT

Shimla: Several parts of Himachal Pradesh, including the Mandi district on a massive slide claimed 46 lives, may have heavy rains Monday, warned a weather official.

This could hinder the rescue operation which continued on the second day Monday.
“There are likely to be heavy rains in Kangra and Mandi districts,” Imos Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office, told IANS.

Rescue teams began their massive search operation on the Mandi-Pathankot road near the village of Kotropi on Jogindernagar tehsil Monday, 220 km from here, where two buses, vehicles and several houses Himachal Transport Corporation were taken Saturday night .

Meanwhile, most of the major tourist cities like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Chail, Kasauli, Chamba, Dharamsala, Palampur and Manali witness great periods of rain for a week.

The water level in the main rivers of the state – the Satluj, Beas and Yamuna – entering the neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana was unusually high, a government official said.

Shimla, who saw a rainy night, posted a low of 15.6 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Dharamsala – the seat of the Tibetan government – in exile – has seen a minimum of 17.6 degrees Celsius while it was 13.6 degrees Celsius in Manali.

Local authorities have issued a word of warning to tourists.

 

“Make sure your trip is well planned. Check the general road conditions and confirm if the roads and mountain passes are open,” one official said.

Tourists are advised to carry light lignite, as temperatures in the hills fell sharply due to continuous rain.

Fearing an overwhelming threat, the government closed the stretch between Mandi and Aut in the Mandi district, located on the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway. Local authorities have started the way through Kalota to reach Kullu and Manali.

The Jogindernagar-Mandi section of the Pathankot-Mandi National Road was also temporarily closed.

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