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Aug 19, 2012 at 11:06pm IST

Heavy rains trigger landslides in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: Several parts of Himachal Pradesh experienced heavy rainfall during the past 24 hours, triggering landslides at various places and disrupting vehicular traffic in the state.

The Kullu-Manali-Rohtang highway was blocked for several hours due to landslides while hundreds of tourists remained stranded in tribal Kaza area as landslide blocked the roads linking the tribal valley from other parts of the state.

However, all the roads in tribal areas and also the national highways were opened later.

Heavy rains trigger landslides in Himachal

The water levels rose sharply in Beas, Ravi and Satluj rivers following intermittent rains in the catchments areas.

"The traffic which was suspended since last night due to landslides was cleared this afternoon," Rakesh Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kaza said.

Meanwhile, the traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway which remained suspended for several hours due to massive landslide near Mandi town was resumed this evening after clearing the debris from the road.

"The highway was closed due to massive landslides triggered by incessant rain in the region for the past two days," a police official said.

The local MeT office has warned of heavy to very heavy rains in many parts of Himachal during the next 48 hours resulting in sharp rise in level of major rivers and their tributaries.

The tourist towns of Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Kalpa, Kasauli, Chamba, Dharamsala, Palampur and Manali may receive rains in the next few days, MeT office added.

Mandi was the wettest in the region with 86 mm of rains while Sujanpur Tira had 80 mm of rains, followed by Malraun and Nehri 73 mm, Kahu 69 mm, Sihunta 59 mm, Sundernagar 52 mm, Shahpur 49 mm, Ramshar 34 mm, Gaggal Airport 33 mm, Thana Plaun Ghumarwin 28 mm and Dharamsala, Hamirpur and Berthin 22 mm each.

The state capital Shimla received 33 mm of rains till this evening.

The rains caused sharp fall in day temperatures which dropped to by two to five degrees and Shimla recorded a high of 19.0 degree against 23.8 degree yesterday while Una which was hottest in the day with maximum temperature at 30.2 degree, recorded a drop of two degrees.

The maximum temperature dropped from 32 degree and 31.8 degree at Sundernagar and Bhuntar to 24.4 and 27.5 degree C, a drop of 7.6 degree and 4.2 degree respectively.

The water levels rose sharply in Beas, Ravi and Satluj rivers following intermittent rains in the catchments areas but these were still flowing below the danger mark.