Himachal on yellow alert amid more rainfall, flash flood concerns

Isolated heavy rainfall poses further challenges for rain-ravaged Himachal Pradesh, prompting authorities to issue warnings and cautionary measures

| Updated: 14 July, 2023 3:53 pm IST
ITBP jawans came to the rescue when the flood hit Himachal Pradesh  (Photo Courtesy Twitter @ITBP_official)

NEW DELHI: Himachal Pradesh, still reeling from the devastating cloudbursts and floods that occurred last weekend, has been placed on a yellow alert from July 15-17 due to “active monsoon conditions”.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in Shimla has warned of isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in several districts of the state during this period.

IMD Shimla said that Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Solan, Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, and Sirmaur are likely to experience heavy rainfall.

The ongoing rainfall activity is expected to intensify in the low and mid-hill districts of the state due to the active monsoon conditions.

Authorities have raised concerns about flash floods in the watershed areas and other channels of the rain-affected districts, including Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, and Sirmaur.

To mitigate the risks associated with inclement weather, the state government has advised people to avoid unnecessary travel.

The adverse conditions may lead to poor visibility, disruption of power and water supply, and communication network failures, the government has advised.

This monsoon season has already claimed the lives of at least 91 individuals in rain-related incidents, and the state has suffered an estimated property loss of around ₹4,000 crore.

The rescue operations in Himachal Pradesh have been underway since the floods on July 9-10, with over 60,000 people already rescued from various parts of the state.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu stated that efforts are still ongoing to rescue approximately 10,000 people who are stranded in the Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti districts.

The state government, along with rescue teams, is working tirelessly to reach and evacuate those affected by the adverse weather conditions, he added.

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