Rain continues in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Aug 12 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh continued to experience moderate to heavy rain on Friday with Nadaun town recording the highest rainfall in the state at 217 mm, officials said.

More rain is in store till Sunday, the Met office said.

“Monsoon was active in the state during the past 24 hours. Precipitation occurred at most places with very heavy rainfall in Kangra and Hamirpur district,” said an official of the Met Office.

He said similar weather conditions are likely to continue in the state till August 14 and thereafter the intensity of rainfall would decline for the next three days.

Nagrota Suriyan and Guler towns in Kangra district got 213 mm and 156 mm rainfall respectively.

State capital Shimla got 19.8 mm rain, while picturesque tourist resort Manali experienced 22.6 mm rainfall.

Meanwhile, more than 40 villages were badly affected with the washing away of the 44-year-old Kandrori bridge on the Indora-Damtal road in the floodwaters on Thursday.

However, no was injured in the incident, the police said.

Traffic on the Indora-Damtal road has been diverted through Kathgarh and Malot link roads, Nurpur sub-divisional magistrate Rakesh Prajapati said.

There were reports of link road closure in the interiors of Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts, hampering movement of traffic.

In Shimla town, more than 20 trees were uprooted in the incessant rainfall over the past few days, damaging public and private property.

With continuous rainfall for the past few days, the rain deficit in the state from June 1 to August 12 has been reduced to 13 per cent, said the meteorological office.

A government spokesperson said the Satluj, Beas and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries are in spate in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts.

–IANS

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