Heavy rains, landslides and floods lashed Himachal on Monday, causing traffic snarls as many link and major national highways were blocked. High alert has been sounded in Kullu district and emergency holiday in schools has been declared. No serious accident has been reported so far.
Landslides caused by downpour have blocked the Chandigarh-Manali national highway near Hanogi temple in Mandi and Rangri near Manali. Also, flooded river Beas is flowing over the highway at Thalout in Mandi and Raison in Kullu. Kandi-Kataula, the bypass road to Kullu has also been blocked after landslides since Tuesday morning. River has damaged the Dador bridge in Ner Chowk and many properties near rivers has been damaged. Dozens of link roads of Kullu and Mandi have been blocked. Traffic has come to a complete standstill in Kullu district.
According to another report from Rohtang pass, landslide has damaged a truck carrying LPG cylinders to Lahaul-Spiti and the Manali-Leh highway too has been blocked. A huge tree has been collapsed in New Manali area which damaged a Tavera car.
Kullu deputy commissioner BM Nanta said alert has been imposed in entire district on Tuesday and people are advised to stop venturing close to rivers, brooks and mountains. “Disaster management teams are ready to face any untoward incident. We are trying to keep Kullu and Manali connected any way,” he said. Nanta added that a girl, student of fifth class in Bhekhli school, was killed after she fell into a gorge.