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Cloudburst in Chamba washes away livestock, landslide on Manali-Leh road chokes traffic

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Shimla: As the monsoon knocks at the doors of Himachal Pradesh, heavy rains have begun to wreak havoc. On the intervening nights of June 28 and 29, a cloudburst was reported in Churah Sub-Division of Chamba district in which as many as 15 livestock were washed away.

The Ravi River was on fury as the water level rose to an alarming level.

On the other hand, the Manali-Leh road was blocked due to a landslide between Rohtang and Manali. It caused a long traffic jam on both sides of the road. As per the district administration, machinery has been dispatched to the spot of the landslide, and the road would be opened for traffic as soon as possible.

A large number of tourists were stuck in the traffic jam.

Further, various rivulets and nullahs were said to be on fury due to a surge in water level in Lahaul valley’s Teling and Jingjingbar.

Similarly, travelling on Manali-Kaza road has also become quite riskier due to ongoing rains. A couple of days ago, some motorbikes were washed away after level rose in the Chotta Darra nullah of Spiti.

The district administration of Mandi has also issued a warning to locals and tourist to avoid going near Ulh river and its rivulets.

Yesterday,  a warning of water-discharge from Largi dam was issued as its gates were opened to release excess water. It has affected the Pandoh dam due to which water is being released into the Beas River.

It is pertinent to mention that a large number of people have lost their lives after they were caught unaware by a sudden surge in water levels due to discharge from dams or due to floods caused by rains.

In one of the most tragic incident, 24 students of a Hyderabad-based engineering college were killed after a sudden surge in water struck them. The water was discharged upstream from Largi dam, and authorities had faced criticism for not issuing a proper warning before opening gates of the dam.

Further, the Meteorological Department has warned of statewide heavy rains and possibility of landslides upto June 30.

Due to continued occurrence of rainfall activity over the state, there would be the possibility of landslides and falling of trees over the sensitive areas. Water-logging may occur in the fields of Kharif crops in the lower districts of the state,

says the Met.

Further, as per the Met, from June 1, 2018, to 27, Himachal Pradesh recorded rainfall of 67.3 mm, which is 12% more than the normal precipitation during this period. Una district has recorded 41% more rainfall than its normal values.

rains in Himachal in june 2018

Source: Met Department

Meanwhile, the public in Shimla City is facing huge inconvenience as rainwater flooded the roads. The rainwater drainages are either blocked or poorly planned and maintained. The local civic body is facing criticism after people uploaded videos on social media.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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