Hindustan Times Reports : 800 students stranded in landslide-hit Himachal’s Chamba; safe in a school, say officials

Over 800 students and their teachers, who had gone to Himachal’s Chamba district to participate in a sports competition, are stranded in a remote Holi area of tribal Bharmour sub-division due to landslides.

Also stranded are around 300 people, including locals, Buddhist monks, foreign tourists and students in Lahaul and Spiti, the tribal district which has been cut-off from the rest of the state due to heavy snowfall.

Himachal Byas River Floods

On students stranded in Chamba, Prithi Pal Singh, additional district magistrate (ADM) Bharmour, said, “All the students are safe. They are lodged at Government School, Holi. The administration is making every effort to restore the road which has been blocked at three-four locations.”

He said that villagers and administrative officials are taking care of their food and other requirements.

According to the reports, 150 roads in Chamba district including many national highways have been blocked due to landslides.

Twenty-five people have died in flashfloods, landslides, roof-collapse and other incidents triggered by incessant rain in north India. Eight deaths have been reported from Himachal Pradesh, seven from J&K, six from Punjab, and four from Haryana.

35-40 IIT Roorkee students who were stranded, rescued from Lahaul-Spiti

The students from IIT Roorkee, who were stranded in Lahaul Valley as landslides triggered by incessant rain, heavy snow blocked the road links to Manali.

According to IANS reports,  as conveyed by an official over phone from Manali, “Nearly 40 students of IIT-Roorkee were taken to an Army base camp at Sissu from where they were brought to Manali via Rohtang tunnel”

A total of 249 people have been rescued so far, and  300 still stranded, reports IANS

Himachal Floods and Landslides

35-40 students of IIT-Roorkee, five residents of Kolkata and two German trekkers were among 249 persons rescued on Tuesday from the icy heights of Himachal Pradesh in a joint operation by the district administration and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), officials said.

The Indian Air Force will start airlifting the stranded people, comprising locals and tourists, believed to be around 500 on Wednesday morning. They will be brought to Manali and Kullu towns.

They have been stranded for the past two-three days at various locations in and around district headquarters Keylong after the onset of heavy snow that hampered road links. All are safe and have been provided accommodation and eatables, officials said.

Most of the stranded people were shifted to Keylong, which is 121 km from Manali, and from there, they would be either airlifted by the IAF or brought to Manali by road on Wednesday.

As per government spokesperson “The priority in airlifting will be given to old, sick and women,”  and has advised tourists not to venture into remote areas of the state as chances of snow were still high.

 

 

Heavy rain throws normal life out of gears in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Punjab government has issued a ‘red alert’ in the wake of heavy rain in the state and has asked district authorities to maintain vigil
  • A yellow alert has been issued in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Wayanad districts for Tuesday
  • According to IMD, the June-September monsoon rain is likely to start withdrawing from the northwest from Saturday

NEW DELHI: Heavy rain disrupted normal life in northern parts of the country with flash floods leading to the death of two people in Himachal Pradesh. The Punjab government issued a ‘red alert’ in the state and asked district authorities to maintain vigil, while Delhi witnessed extensive waterlogging and traffic snarls.

Collapsed Road_at Amritsar due to Heavy Rain

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the June-September monsoon rain is likely to start withdrawing from the northwest from Saturday.

The monsoon usually starts withdrawing in the first week of September, but this year it has been delayed by nearly four weeks.

A change in the wind pattern is likely over west Rajasthan from Thursday and monsoon withdrawal could start from Saturday, IMD said in a statement.

‘Red alert’ in Punjab

Punjab government has issued a ‘red alert’ in the wake of heavy rain in the state and has asked district authorities to maintain vigil, an official said.

Chief minister Amarinder Singh has also called a meeting of senior officers on Monday to review arrangements to deal with flood-like situations, a spokesman of the chief minister’s office said here.

“Red alert has been issued in view of incessant rain in the state”, he said.

District administrations have been asked to maintain constant vigil in view of rain, the spokesman said.

Punjab has been witnessing widespread rain for the last two days and the downpour continued Monday, prompting state authorities to review preparations to tackle flood-like situations.

District control rooms have been activated for fast response and the Army has also been alerted, the spokesman said.

“The Army has been requested for standby,” he said.

District authorities in catchment areas of rivers have been asked to make sufficient arrangements of boats for any rescue operation, the spokesman said.

Two dead in Himachal; Kullu on high alert

A man and a girl were swept away in Kangra and Kullu districts, respectively, as heavy rains triggered flash floods in Himachal Pradesh on Monday with officials sounding a “high alert” in the latter district.

As water level increased in rivers and streams following incessant rain, a man died after he was swept away in the swelling Nahad Khad (rivulet) in Kangra district, the district administration said.

In another incident, a 14-year-old girl was washed away in Kullu’s Bajaoura, state Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said.

Heavy landslides hit vehicular movement on the Chandigarh-Manali highway beyond Mandi town and on the Pathankot-Chamba highway. However, there was no loss of life.

Most parts of Himachal Pradesh witnessed moderate to heavy rains, Shimla Met Centre director Manmohan Singh said.

According to data recorded at 8.30 am, Dalhousie in Chamba district experienced 170 mm rain in the past 24 hours, followed by Chamba 117 mm, Manali 121 mm, Kangra 120.8 mm, Palampur 108 mm, Dharamshala 62.6 mm and Una 62 mm. State capital Shimla experienced 23.1 mm rainfall.

Issuing “high alert” for Kullu district, deputy commissioner Yunus warned the public not to go near rivers and nullahs as flood-like situation prevailed.

Yellow alert issued in parts of Kerala

A yellow alert has been issued in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Wayanad districts for Tuesday.

In addition to that, a yellow alert has also been issued for Palakkad, Idukki, Thrissur and Wayanad districts for Wednesday. The Met Centre has predicted heavy rainfall (64.4mm to 124.4mm) in these districts.

Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Authority has instructed district authorities to remain on alert and directed them to take necessary precautions.

Waterlogging, traffic snarls in Delhi

Heavy rains caused waterlogging and traffic snarls on major intersections in the national capital. The Delhi Traffic Police has been constantly updating the commuters about traffic conditions in the city through its Twitter handle. In the morning, city witnessed light rain as the mercury dipped to 24 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT department.
(With inputs from agencies)

NDTV Reports : Himachal Pradesh Schools Closed In 3 Districts Due To Rain: LIVE Updates

Himachal Pradesh Weather: Several roads in Himachal Pradesh, especially in Kinnaur and Chamba districts, were blocked due to landslides, heavy rains and snowfall.

 

As heavy rain and snowfall hit several districts of Himachal Pradesh, all government and private schools will remain closed in Kinnaur, Kullu and Kangra districts today. The state will not have respite from the bad weather as the weather office has forecast heavy rain and snowfall in the upper hills today.

Several roads in Himachal Pradesh, especially in Kinnaur and Chamba districts, were blocked due to landslides, heavy rains and snowfall. Rohtang Pass received four feet of fresh snow on Sunday, and twenty people had to be rescued, officials informed.

Due to incessant rain, several rivers were flowing above the danger mark. The Chamba administration has warned residents to stay away from Ravi river and other water bodies as water will be released from the Chamera dam.

The water level in Beas is increasing due to incessant rains in the catchment areas. In Kangra, the Larji dam gates in Beas river are being opened. Himachal Pradesh received moderate-to-heavy rainfall since Saturday, with Naina Devi town in Bilaspur district being the wettest with 178.2 mm of rainfall.