Ongoing rainfall in Himachal Pradesh for the past 72 hours has wreaked havoc. Four national highways and 857 roads across the state are closed. Moreover, the Kalka-Shimla highway, including the stretch from Parwanoo to Solan, has been closed to heavy vehicles from both directions since 7 PM on Tuesday until further notice.
In addition, 4285 electricity transformers and 889 water supply schemes are also affected. Mandi district has the highest impact with 323 roads damaged, followed by Shimla with 234. Mandi district has 2610 electricity transformers affected, while Shimla has 808. On Tuesday, heavy damage occurred near Kiratpur-Ner Chowk in the Ferlain area. Ferlain has been hit severely, and landslide occurrences have been reported in various places.
Landslides and Infrastructure Damage
The landslides have caused further instability, with some roads reduced to a single lane. Multiple landslides have been reported in the Ferlain area. Amar Singh Rohin, located between Ferlain and Ghamarwin, has also been heavily affected. Additionally, large boulders fell from hills near Alsu, diverting the Alsu-Bharmaina traffic.
Landslide in Shimla
A significant landslide occurred in Shimla’s Krishna Nagar, causing major destruction in the Vishnu Temple area. Preliminary information suggests that four to five houses have collapsed.
Orange Alert for Heavy Rainfall in the State
The Shimla Meteorological Center has issued an orange alert for heavy rainfall in various parts of Himachal Pradesh. While a yellow alert was issued earlier in the day, it was upgraded to an orange alert later. A yellow alert remains in effect for August 16. The forecast predicts continuous rainfall in several parts of the state until August 21.
During this monsoon season from June 24 to August 14, a total of 283 fatalities and 304 injuries have been reported in the state. Over 1442 houses have been damaged, affecting 8160 homes. Additionally, 272 shops and 2997 cow shelters have sustained damage. The cumulative loss due to the monsoon season has surpassed 7170.85 crore INR.
HIPA Courses Suspended
All courses at the Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) have been suspended from August 16 to 19. The participants will be informed about the new schedule later. However, the schedule for training in HHS and Allied Services’ Foundation courses will be announced separately on August 16.
Sacrificing Lives to Save Others
In the Tihara tehsil area, a tragic incident occurred on Monday morning. Prabhash Rana, the former head of the local panchayat, lost his life while rescuing people trapped in a house due to landslides. He managed to evacuate the trapped residents but got caught in falling debris while participating in rescue efforts. Despite being pulled out by others, due to road closures and continuous rainfall, he couldn’t reach the Tehri Hospital, located seven kilometers away. Unfortunately, he passed away on the way to the hospital. Prabhash Rana was a social worker and had held positions in various organizations, including being the District President of the Janvadi Yuva Morcha and Situ Labor Union. He leaves behind his wife, a daughter, and a son.