Three people died and nine others, including four women, are missing after flash floods washed away over a dozen houses in two remote Kangra villages in Himachal Pradesh.
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains
Rescue operation is underway to trace the nine missing people in Rulehad village under Shahpur sub-division of Kangra. Flash floods triggered by heavy rains swept away buildings and cars in several places in Kangra district on Monday.
NDRF conducts rescue operations
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have rescued four people who were trapped at different locations so far. The body of a woman has also been retrieved from the debris of a house.
Another body of a 19-year-old girl, who was reported missing on Monday from Nagrota Bagwan area, has been recovered from a flooded nallah.
Around 80 people have been shifted to Dharamshala
Many people have been rendered homeless as their houses were damaged by overflowing nallahs in various parts of the Kangra district.
Around 80 people have been shifted to safer places in Triund area of Dharamshala. The district administration has clarified that no cloudburst occurred in the area and the houses that were damaged due to the flood were illegal constructions done on catchment areas of the nallah.
Many houses have also been damaged in the Chaitdu area as well. Several bridges connecting many villages have also been washed away. Five rivulets, including Manjhi, Manoony, Gaj, Baner and Churan khad are in spate.
Advisory to tourists to postpone Dharamshala, Kangra visit
The district administration has issued an advisory to the tourists to postpone their visit to Kangra and Dharamshala till July 13 following the rain alert issued by the MeT department. Those who are presently staying in the district have been advised not to venture near rivers and other water bodies.
The Kangra district administration has set up a disaster control room (phone no- 1077) to monitor the rescue operations.
Deputy Commissioner of Kangra Dr Nipun Jindal
“The relief and rehabilitation is on. The damage caused by the flash floods is being reviewed. The meteorological department has already issued an alert about the possible bad weather. The tourists and locals have been asked to take precautions and stay away from the water bodies,” Deputy Commissioner of Kangra Dr Nipun Jindal said.