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Flooded Sutlej, Beas pose threat

Flooded Sutlej, Beas pose threat
Landslides hit traffic at many places
Shimla-Delhi flight remains suspended

Shimla, July 7
The administration has sounded an alert in the low-lying areas of Shimla and Kullu districts along the Sutlej and the Beas rivers which are in spate following the heavy rains during the past three days.

The vehicular traffic on the national highway remained disrupted due to landslides at various points between Rampur and Rekong Peo. The Shimla-Delhi flight remained suspended for the third consecutive day due to bad weather. The national highway between Chandigarh and Leh too remained disrupted at several points between Manali and Keylong.

J.S. Rana, Deputy Commissioner (Shimla), said with the water level in the Beas rising in the low-lying areas of Shimla, people living along the Sutlej had been asked to remain on high alert. With hardly any rainfall in Kinnaur, the water level in the Sutlej here was well under normal.

The situation in Kullu district too was serious with the Beas overflowing at Aut, leading to disruption of vehicular traffic on the NH-21. Deputy Commissioner (Kullu) B.M. Nanta said an alert had been sounded as water level in the Beas river was rising.

The local meteorological centre has issued a warning that there could be heavy rainfall at some places during the next 24 hours. The onset of monsoons has caused widespread rains all over the state, triggering landslides leading to disruption of vehicular traffic.

During the last 24 hours, Shimla received 76.8 mm, Sundernagar- 45.9 mm, Bhuntar- 47.9 mm, Kalpa- 24 mm, Dharamshala- 60 mm, Una- 70.2 mm, Nahan- 76.7 mm, Keylong- 24 mm, Palampur- 65.6 mm and Solan- 90.5 mm.

Keylong (Lahaul-Spiti): Seven tourists had a close shave after their Scorpio (HR 87-C 1170) was damaged in the debris at Paagal Nullah near Sissu, about 26 km from here. The nullah breached the Manali-Keylong-Leh-highway this afternoon, hitting the movement of traffic on the 473-km-long BRO highway.

Peas farmers in Pattan valley was hit by the three-day spell of rains as the harvesting of peas was on the peak in the lower valley in the district. The higher reaches of Lahaul valley has six to 10 inches of fresh snow today, but the weather cleared around 5 pm.

The vehicular traffic was thrown out of gear for the entire day as the Keylong-Udaipur PWD road remained breached at Kala Nala due to landslides, about 50 km from here. Meanwhile, the HPSEB shut down the 126 mw Larji project due to heavy silt flow in the barrage from the Beas river.

The tourists, Naveen Chauhan, Ashok Chauhan and their families, had close shave at Paagal Nullah after their vehicle was hit by the debris as the GREF has not made a culvert at the nullah.

The rains hit the movement of tourist traffic from Leh to Manali as over a hundred of tourists either cancelled their journey or halted at Keylong, Marhi, Serchu, Zingzing bar, Pang, Leh or Manali as the highway had remained closed for hours together at different places.

Kullu: People living near the Beas, the Parbati and the Sarwari rivers experienced sleepless nights due to the crossing of river waters beyond the danger level.

Similarly, a bridge near Bharsheni near Manikaran was also washed away. Severe damaged was caused to the feeding tunnel of the prestigious Parbati Hydro Electric Project Stage-II due to the silt. Machinery worth lakhs was also washed away of the sub-contractor company of the NHPC. However, more than 10,000 workers were shifted to the safer place at the project site.

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