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Himachal on 'Yellow alert' amid heavy rains

The alert predicts persistent monsoon rains across various districts, including Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Solan, and Sirmaur, which may lead to localized flooding, landslides, and transportation disruptions.

News Arena Network - Shimla - UPDATED: July 11, 2024, 03:13 AM - 3 mins read

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Himachal on 'Yellow alert' amid heavy rains

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The Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh, warning residents of adverse weather conditions from July 11 to 13. The alert predicts persistent monsoon rains across various districts, including Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Solan, and Sirmaur, which may lead to localized flooding, landslides, and transportation disruptions.

 

Citizens are advised to prepare for potential disruptions, as heavy downpours are expected in these regions. However, the Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts are not under any weather alert, indicating relatively stable conditions in these areas. The Meteorological Center in Shimla has urged residents to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety during this period.

 

Meanwhile, at least 22 are dead  in rain-related incidents in the hill state, with Himachal having suffered a loss of Rs 172 crore in the two weeks since the monsoon onset on June 27, officials stated yesterday. 

 

They said eight of them drowned, six fell from height, four were electrocuted and three died of snakebite, while two people were still missing. 

 

According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, five roads were closed in Mandi, four in Shimla and three in Kangra. 

 

Residents of Lindoor village of the tribal Lahaul and Spiti district where cracks appeared during the last monsoon season said they were apprehensive as 14 houses and 200 bigha land could cave in during heavy downpours. 

 

A cow was killed as a wall of a cowshed collapsed following a landslip in the Gheva panchayat of Chail, in Solan district. 

 

According to the weather office, Baijnath received 32 mm of rainfall in 24 hours, followed by Poanta Sahib with 18.4 mm, Dhaulakuan with 17.5 mm, Dharamshala with 11 mm, Dalhousie with 10 mm and Palampur with 8.3 mm. 

 

The meteorological office in Shimla has issued a 'yellow' warning of heavy rain, thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places on Thursday and Friday, and predicted a wet spell till July 15.

 

It also cautioned of damage to plantations, horticulture and standing crops, partial damage to vulnerable structures, minor damage to kutcha houses and huts due to strong winds and rain, disruption in traffic and waterlogging in low-lying areas.

 

Kukumseri in Lahaul and Spiti recorded a night temperature of 11.8 degrees Celsius, while Una was the hottest during the day at 37.2 degrees Celsius.

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