In light of the ongoing heavy rainfall and landslides in the Mandi district, all educational institutions, including private and government schools, vocational training centers, and anganwadi centers, will remain closed on August 16 and 17. The District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner, Arindam Chaudhuri, issued the orders to ensure the safety of students and staff members. This decision has been made due to the blocked roads caused by incessant rain and landslides that have affected over 403 roads, including national highways, in the district.
Safety Precautions Advised
The Deputy Commissioner has also appealed to all residents to exercise caution and avoid traveling near rivers, streams, and potential landslide-prone areas. He urged everyone to contact the Mandi District Disaster Management Center at mobile numbers 8544771889 and 9459455714 in case of emergencies.
Major Roads Between Mandi and Kullu Severely Affected
The National Highway 7 route from Mandi to Kullu and the Pandoh Dam area have suffered extensive damage due to landslides and floods. It is estimated that it might take more than two weeks to restore these routes. While some sections might become passable for light vehicles, heavy vehicles won’t be allowed due to the hazardous road conditions.
Partial Restoration Efforts Underway
The Mandi police have stated that partial restoration efforts are underway in certain routes. The Mandi to Kullu Baya Command Katola route is expected to be partially restored by tomorrow, but only for light vehicles. The road from Pandoh to Gohar might also be partially restored by evening, but it won’t be feasible for travel between Kullu and Mandi due to the severe damage near the Pandoh Dam area.
Recovery Operation in Majhbod Panchayat, Mandi District
In the Majhbod Panchayat of Mandi district, after a rescue operation that lasted nearly 24 hours, the police recovered the bodies of a grandmother and her granddaughter from the debris caused by yesterday’s landslide. The recovery operation was successful in retrieving the bodies after a significant amount of time due to the challenging conditions caused by the landslide.