Heavy rains likely in some parts of Himachal

Heavy rainfall is expected again at some places in the hilly Himachal Pradesh though there was some respite from the continuous downpour across the state.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 12:53 PM IST

Shimla: Heavy rainfall is expected again at some places in the hilly Himachal Pradesh though there was some respite from the continuous downpour across the state.

"There are chances of moderate rainfall across the state but heavy rainfall may occur at some places," Met Office director Manmohan Singh said.

Shimla got 84.2 mm of rain from 8.30 a.m. Wednesday till 8.30 a.m. Thursday, Nahan town in Sirmaur district 53.6 mm, and Sundernagar in Mandi district 32 mm, Kalpa in Kinnaur district 21 mm and Dharamsala in Kangra district 6.4 mm.

Most of the rivers in the state are in spate following continuous rainfall. Incessant rains have also caused massive landslides on National Highways 21 and 22 in Shimla, Kinnaur, Mandi and Kullu districts, hampering vehicular traffic.

Over 80 tourists, including foreigners, are still stranded in the Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district.
"Nearly 50 tourists from Kolkata, five from France, 11 from Germany and the rest from other countries are stranded in and around Sangla village for the past few days due to massive landslides on the road linking the village," Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner Mamta Chaudhary said.

She said road-clearing operation was on but it would take some time to clear the landslides.
A government spokesperson said that since Wednesday morning the catchment areas of the Satluj and the Yamuna rivers experienced more rainfall.

He said more rains could aggravate the flood-like situation in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana as most of the rivers are running downstream from the hills.

IANS