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Heavy rain, suspected cloudburst cause damage in Himachal districts; NDRF in Kangra

Gushing water after rains in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Photo: NDRF

Dharamsala (Himachal), July 12 (MNN) Heavy rain in Kangra district and other areas of Himachal and subsequent flash flood in Bhagsu Nag area caused considerable damage to movable and immovable property, keeping authorities on their toes to launch relief and rescue operations.

A suspected cloudburst in Bhagsu Nag area around 11 km from Dharamsala – which is a tourist destination – led to torrential flow in the area rivulet that damaged a number of vehicles. Road network too suffered damage while a number of trees were uprooted by the swirling waters.

Many video clips of the floodwater damaging vehicles and homes and roads after the cloudburst went viral on the social media.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the situation in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rains was getting closely monitored.

“Authorities are working with the state government. All possible support is being extended. I pray for the safety of those in affected areas,” he tweeted.

In state capital Shimla, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed concern over the losses due to heavy rain and speculated cloudburst in certain parts of the state.

He directed district administrations to ensure speedy relief and rescue operation in the affected areas.

Thakur also urged the locals and tourists to refrain from going near the river banks to avoid untoward incidents.

Indian Home Minister Amit Shah said that he had talked with the Chief Minister regarding the natural calamity caused by heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh.

“NDRF teams are reaching there soon for relief work. The Ministry of Home Affairs is continuously monitoring the situation. Himachal will be given all possible help from the Centre,” he said.

National Disaster Response Force Director General Satya Narayan Pradhan said that the NDRF teams were on the job.

He said that after negotiating difficult terrain, two NDRF teams had reached Tatwani and Shahpur areas in Kangra district to undertake search and rescue of stranded people in coordination with local administration.

He said that 5-10 teams of NDRF were on standby in Nurpur close to Kangra.

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