Heavy rains uproot trees, trigger landslides in HP

Shimla, Aug 13 (UNI) Rains pounded various parts of Himachal Pradesh, paralysing normal life, as uprooted trees and landslides disrupted road communication, power and water supplies on Sunday.

According to the state disaster management authority, four National Highways and 452 major roads are blocked in the state following heavy rainfall attributed to the combined effect of an aggressive monsoon and western disturbances.

SP, Shimla, Sanjay Gandhi said among the roads totally closed due to landslides are NH 205 between Heeranagar & Dhanda, Shoghi Mehli bypass near Beuliya, Old ISBT to Chouta Shimla road at Himland hotel, Khalini to Tutikandi near Kanlog and Police line-Kainthu road at High Court guest house.

A large number of trees has been uprooted following flash floods, with many major thoroughfares blocked and vehicles submerged at Forest Colony Mist Chamber and Khalini of Shimla town.

The SP said in Shimla town, a number of roads are closed for vehicular traffic, while only light vehicles are being allowed to ply in some localities of Shimla district.

Similar reports have come from Solan district.

In Bilasur district, a major portion of the Namhol-Bramphuka Road caved in disrupting vehicular traffic on NH-88 between Shimla and Bilaspur.

The power supply was disrupted in 1814 distribution transformer lines and water supply in 59 schemes.

The state administration issued an advisory to local people to not travel unless it was absolutely necessary.

According to Met Office Sundernagar had 166 mm of rainfall, Sujanrpur Tira (Hamirpur) 145 mm, Gohar in Mandi 125 mm, Kahu (Bilaspur) 124 mm and Mandi town 115 mm in the last 24 hours.

The Met office has issued orange alert of heavy to very heavy rain at a few places.

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