Heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh has caused significant damage in the past few days. The death toll due to the ongoing torrential rains in the state has reached 60 as of Wednesday. Amidst the heavy rains, the ancient Shiv Temple in Shimla collapsed, resulting in the loss of lives of more than a dozen people. Additionally, the Shimla-Kalka railway line, which is almost 120 years old, has also suffered damage. The line was started in November and is about to complete 120 years in operation.
What has been the extent of the damage caused by heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh? What is the reason behind the intense rainfall in the state? What is the upcoming weather forecast? What is the history of the Shimla-Kalka railway line that has suffered damage? What significance does the collapsed Shiv Temple hold due to the rains? Let’s understand…
First, let’s understand what is happening in Himachal
Himachal Pradesh has been experiencing heavy rainfall since Sunday. Over the last four days, due to a 157 percent increase in rainfall, the entire state has suffered significant damage. In the first 14 days of this month, compared to the normal level of 140.20 mm, there has been 147.40 mm of recorded rainfall, which is five percent more. On Monday alone, there was heavy rainfall with Kangra receiving 273 mm, followed by 254 mm in Sujanpur, 250 mm in Dharamshala, 175 mm in Jogindernagar, 168 mm in Sundernagar, and 126 mm in Shimla. Mandi received 139.6 millimeters, Shimla AIR 131.6, Shimla 126.0, Dalhousie 83.0, and Bilaspur 80.2 millimeters of rainfall.
What damage has been caused due to the rainfall?
Incidents of heavy rainfall and landslides have disrupted power and water supply in various parts of the state. Due to landslides, nearly 800 roads in the state are blocked, and the state has incurred losses of around a thousand crores in this monsoon season.
In Shimla, landslides have occurred in areas like Summer Hill, Krishna Nagar, and Fagli. Deaths of several individuals have been reported due to landslides, with around 60 casualties reported in the state due to landslides and floods this week.
Ancient Shiv Temple collapsed in Shimla
In the midst of heavy rainfall in the state, the historic Shiv Temple in Summer Hill, Shimla, collapsed on Monday. Due to landslides caused by heavy rains in Shimla-Kalka railway line areas near Summer Hill and Fagli, the lower area containing the Shiv Temple and a heap of debris were submerged. The collapse of the temple occurred on Monday morning, and rescue efforts have been launched by various teams including NDRF, SDRF, the Army, local police, and the Home Guard.
A brief history of the ancient Shiv Temple
The history of the Shiv Temple near Summer Hill goes back nearly two hundred years. It is believed to have been constructed during the time of the Gorkha rulers. The temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and was initially a place for meditation and worship. Over time, a well was constructed, and it became a pilgrimage site for Hindus. People believed that performing rituals and prayers here could bless childless couples with children. The temple’s well was also used for taking holy baths, believed to cure skin diseases.
Shimla-Kalka railway line suffers heavy damage
The Shimla-Kalka railway line, which has a history dating back to 1898-1903, has suffered severe damage due to landslides. This historic railway route, spanning 96 kilometers and featuring 18 stations, holds immense significance. This route was first initiated in November 1903, connecting Kalka to Shimla.
Why is Himachal Pradesh experiencing heavy rainfall?
Himachal Pradesh has experienced heavy rainfall due to the monsoon season. The Meteorological Department has predicted lower rainfall in the plains as the monsoon trough is currently passing through northern India and moving towards the Bay of Bengal.
Despite the monsoon weakening, the state has experienced heavy rainfall over the past week, resulting in landslides and damage. Experts suggest that this region is currently under the influence of the monsoon trough, causing the increased rainfall and landslides.
The Himachal Pradesh region continues to face challenges from the monsoon season, leading to landslides, heavy rainfall, and associated damages. The meteorological conditions and their impact on the region’s landscape highlight the need for robust disaster management strategies and infrastructure maintenance in the state.