Himachal Pradesh rains subside as efforts continue to rescue 1,500 tourists stranded in Lahaul-Spiti district
The government and the Indian Air Force stepped up efforts to airlift the thousands stranded since 22 September after landslides in different spots of Himachal Pradesh snapped road links on the hills.
The toll in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh, which is battered by heavy showers, have increased to eight now. Meanwhile, Bhakra Beas Management Board's (BBMB) Assistant Design Engineer (ADE) Arun Bhatia said more than 49,000 cusecs of water from the dam would be released at 3 pm on Tuesday.
The Army rescued two persons stranded due to flash floods in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district, an official said on Monday. They were stranded at Saurabh Van Vihar, a park, in Palampur. Two scooters and a car were washed away in the flash floods in the area, he said.
Himachal Pradesh rains: IAF chopper deployed, 19 rescued at Dobi in Kullu district after flash floods
He said the chopper was requisitioned on the direction of chief minister Jai Ram Thakur and the stranded people were rescued safely. Presiding over a meeting to take stock of situation in view of heavy rains for the last few days in the state, particularly in four districts of Kullu, Chamba, Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti, Thakur directed the officers to take all precautionary measures to minimise loss to life and property.
Himachal Pradesh rains trigger landslides, flash floods; swelling Beas river washes vehicles away in Manali, Kullu
Most regions in Himachal Pradesh are experiencing heavy to extremely heavy rain, causing landslides in some areas and also blocking highways.