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Torrential rains in Himachal: 99 roads including NH connecting Manali, 176 transformers closed, landslide interrupted roads

Torrential rains in Himachal: 99 roads including NH connecting Manali, 176 transformers closed, landslide interrupted roads

August 4th 2022, 6:21 am
Amitesh Kumar

Many areas of Himachal Pradesh have been raining torrential rains since Wednesday night. 99 roads have been closed in the state including National Highway 5 connecting China-occupied Tibet border in Kinnaur and NH-21, including NH-21, who connected the famous tourist city Manali. 176 electric transformers are also stalled. NH-5 remained closed for half an hour near Jhakri.

The road has been damaged due to NH-21 shutdown after the heavy landslide in Manali. Due to this, there are long queues of both and vehicles. The alternative route has also been interrupted by landslides in Katola. Due to this, it has become difficult to reach Manali from Kullu. The PWD department is busy in restoring the road.

Similarly landslides on other roads are affecting the movement of people and the transportation of apples. After the latest rains, the roads in many rural areas were erased. Kullu, Sirmaur and Solan are reported to have more damage.

According to the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), 29 roads are blocked in Kullu district and 28 roads in Sirmaur. 24 roads in Solan, 3 in Bilaspur, Chamba 4, Kangra, Lahaul Spiti, one road each in Shimla and 9 roads in Mandi are closed. On the other hand, 117 electric transformers (DTRs) of heavy rains have been closed in Sirmaur district. At the same time, electricity supply has been disrupted due to the closure of 22 transformers in Mandi and 37 transformers in Kullu. Non -government property has been destroyed. Property worth Rs 324 crore of PWD alone and Rs 265 crore of water power department has been destroyed.

153 lives so far

rain in Himachal is causing a lot of havoc in Himachal. In the first 36 days of the monsoon, 153 people have lost their lives in floods, severe road accidents and sudden flood incidents, while 251 people were injured. Shimla lost the highest 25 people and 21 in Kullu district. A total of 6 persons, including 4 people in the floods in the Manikarna valley of Kullu, have been missing for about a month. Snatched them homeless. 79 houses were frozen across the state, while 240 houses were partially destroyed. People's nights are passing in panic in such houses too. 35 shops, 7 labor sheds, 235 gaushalas and 14 ghats have also been destroyed in the rain. Of these, 105 domesticated cattle are also made of time.

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