An empty luxury tourist bus was washed away into the flooded Beas river in Manali, in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district. Manali has been receiving heavy rainfall and recorded 127.4 mm rain in the past 24 hours, as per the Met department.
The southwest monsoon brought about heavy to extremely heavy rains, causing landslides in some areas and blocking highways. The water level in the Beas river rose abnormally touching the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway 21 near the Hanogi temple in Mandi district. Vehicular traffic has been blocked on National Highway 3 near Aut in Mandi district as floodwater entered the highway.
ANI also carried visuals of a truck being washed away from the road into the flooded river near Kullu, about 200 kms from state capital Shimla. The Met Office has forecast heavy rains and snowfall in the upper hills till Monday.
All government and private schools will remain closed in Kinnaur, Kullu and Kangra districts, officials said. Several roads in various parts of the state, especially in Kinnaur and Chamba districts, were blocked due to landslides, heavy rains and snowfall, district officials said.
Twenty stranded people were rescued from the Rohtang Pass, which saw about four feet of fresh snowfall on Sunday, informed a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) official.
Chamba sub-divisional magistrate has warned people not to go near the Ravi river and other nullahs as water is being 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 are being opened and, if the situation persists, the shutters of Pandoh dam can be opened at any time, officials said, adding that it had been raining continuously in Jawali town since Saturday evening.
State Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur visited the flood-affected areas of Kullu district to take stock of the situation, along with district Deputy Commissioner Yunus, said an official.
Kalpa was the coldest place with minimum temperature of nine degrees Celsius. In Dalhousie, the minimum temperature was 10.1 degrees Celsius, followed by Kufri (10.6 degrees), Manali (10.8 degrees), Shimla (13 degrees).
(With inputs from Agencies)