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Himachal cloudburst kills 7, river Beas swells again; landslides hit Uttarakhand

A cloudburst hit a village in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh.

The incident occurred on Sunday night and took seven lives. Solan Divisional Commissioner Manmohan Sharma said, two houses were washed away and six people were rescued.

The deceased people were identified as Harnam (38), Kamal Kishore (35), Hemlata (34), Rahul (14), Neha (12), Golu (8) and Raksha (12), Solan Superintendent of Police (SP) Gaurav Singh said.

25 to 30 people were feared to be trapped under debris after a Shiva temple collapsed in Summerhill area in Shimla due to heavy rainfall. Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu told that nine bodies were pulled out from the rubble.

According to the police, there were nearly 50 people who had come to worship at the temple amid torrential rains.

The police and a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team alongwith a fire brigade team were involved in rescue operations.

These incidents came as heavy rainfall continued to pound Himachal Pradesh and neighbouring Uttarakhand in the past 24 hours, with landslides blocking key roads, washing away bridges, forcing the closure of educational institutions and causing water levels of rivers to swell.

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Actions taken by the Himachal government

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announced that all schools and colleges in the state would be shut till August 14 due to the incessant rains.

A total of 621 roads, including a maximum of 236 in Mandi, 59 in Shimla and 40 in Bilaspur district are currently closed for vehicular traffic, according to the state emergency operation centre.

A key stretch of the Shimla-Kalka National Highway connecting Shimla and Chandigarh has also been affected by recurring landslides over the past two weeks.

Incessant rains for the past 48 hours have caused havoc in all parts of the Hamirpur district, leading to a spate in river Beas and its tributaries. The worst affected are the areas where the nullahs of Maan and Kunah are located.

The rains and landslides have also caused widespread damage to crops, fertile land and official and private buildings in all parts of Hamirpur. The district administration has warned people not to venture out and avoid going near the Beas river bank and nullahs.

The weather office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places in the state from August 14 to 17 and predicted a wet spell in the state till August 19.

Landslides triggered by incessant rains have blocked traffic on various roads, including national highways, affecting the movement of people in Uttrakhand.

Rishikesh-Chamba National Highway was blocked for traffic due to a landslide near Kunjapuri Bagardhar in Tehri while the movement of heavy vehicles was stopped on Rishikesh-Devprayag-Srinagar National Highways at Sakhnidhar.

The Ganga in Haridwar was flowing above the danger mark at 294.90 metres.

Continuous rainfall in Chamoli district since Sunday evening caused noticeable damage in the Tharali and Nanda Nagar Ghat areas. Although no human casualties have been reported, extensive property damage has occurred. A motor bridge and a suspension bridge were also washed away late at night.

The continuous downpour has also increased the water level of river Mandakini in the Nanda Nagar Ghat area. As a result, residents have been advised to vacate their homes for safer locations.

A red alert for heavy rains on Monday has been sounded in six districts of the state, including Dehradun and Nainital, by the meteorological department. The hill state has been reeling under incessant monsoon showers that have left 60 people dead and 17 missing while affecting normal life.

Intense to very heavy spells of rain with thunder and lightning at isolated places have been forecast for the two days in Tehri, Dehradun, Pauri, Champawat, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts where the red alert has been sounded, while Haridwar district is under orange alert, officials said.

The government has directed their district magistrates and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to remain alert to assist the people in case of any emergency.

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