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Heavy Monsoon rain in Himachal wreak havoc

Shimla: During the past three days, Himachal Pradesh witnessed the wrath of heavy rain as about 18 people were killed with the highest eight casualties in Solan district. Shimla, as per the Meteorological Department, has received 172 mm rainfall in 24 hours – which is the second highest for the month of August after 1901.p;

In Solan, a landslide buried a family of four with their home. The water levels in rivers and rivulets of the State were recorded very high. The dams are also releasing water into the rivers after the heavy downpour.

Shimla witnessed felling of over 70 trees and several landslides that buried about three dozen vehicles and caused damage to several others.

A major landslide was also reported on Mehli-Shoghi bypass near Beolia in Shimla that buried several cars.
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Several houses/jhuggi’s were also taken down by heavy rain in Krishna Nagar of Shimla in which over 30 people were said to have rendered homeless. It was alleged that these people did not get any considerable relief from the district administration. 

Heavy rain uproots trees in Shimla

Near Phagali on Shimla-Dhali Bypass

The traffic was choked on Shimla-Chandigarh and Manali-Chandigarh NH too due to which tourists, as well as locals, remain stuck in traffic for several hours.

The rains also hit the railway services on the Kalka-Shimla track due to which all trains were cancelled. There were reports of fresh landslides in Shimla-Chandigarh NH on Tuesday. The traffic flow also remained disrupted on Tuesday as well. 

In some parts, felling of trees caused damage to power supply lines resulting in a blackout.   

Krishnanagar homes damaged by rain

Houses collapsed as land caves in

About 923 roads were closed due to landslides in the state including six national highways and about 1,000 others were also affected temporarily.

The government said that work of restoration and clearance of roads is underway and assured relief by Tuesday evening.

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As per the information received at the state headquarters, 19 casualties have been reported so far from various districts including one each in Bilaspur and Una districts, two in Hamirpur, four in Mandi and eight in Solan district.

The rain has also caused losses to farmers as well as apple growers. The blockage of roads caused huge inconvenience to trucks carrying apple crops.

Rain damages in Himachal Pradesh 2018

Educational institutes remained closed for August 13 and 14 keeping in view the prediction of bad weather.

Tourists and locals were advised not to go along river-banks and district administrations were told to keep a close vigil on tracking activities.

As per the Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, the Manali national highway was blocked due to constant landslides.

In Kangra district, traffic was affected on 85 roads and most of these were cleared by Monday evening. Pathankot-Mandi road was cleared for light vehicles and the people stranded in Lambagaon were rescued by the administration.

In Hamirpur district, two casualties were reported in Bhoranj area due to landslips. The DC informed that 50 roads have been reopened for traffic and remaining 13 roads would be restored by tomorrow.

Deputy Commissioner Solan informed that eight casualties have been reported in Solan district. In all, 102 roads have been damaged in the district out of which traffic has been restored on 62 roads. The Kumarhatti-Nahan road has also been reopened for light vehicles.

In Bilaspur district, Swarghat national highway and Bilaspur-Shimla road have also been made through for traffic while the work on restoring the interior roads was in progress.

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In Kinnaur district, Maling Nallah and Skibba roads have been restored and the road to Sangla valley would also be made through by today evening where few tourists are stranded.

In Lahaul-Spiti district, Sumdo-Kaza-Gramphu road is blocked due to landslide and Meling-Kaza road has been restored.

One casualty has been reported in Mandi district and the vehicular traffic has been suspended as water approached the main road near Hanogi on national highway-21.

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has released Rs. 96.50 crore for relief and rescue operation in the state following losses to human life and the property due to heavy rainfall during last 24 hours.

The government has so far released Rs. 229 crores since April 1, 2018, and more funds would be released as per the requirement of the districts.

No Heavy Rains During Next 5 Days: Met

However, the Meteorological Department has predicted that there was no possibility of heavy rainfall in the state in the next five days.

A few places over middle and low hills and at isolated places over higher reaches in the next three days could witness light-to-moderate rainfall is likely to occur at, said Manmohan Singh, director, Meteorological Centre, Shimla.

 

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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