Heavy rain damages road network, building collapses in Shimla

Shimla: One under construction and another 11 year old concrete structured building collapsed in Totu suburb late last night but not before they were evacuated and no loss to human lives is reported.

Collapsed houses reduced to rubble: Photo – Amit

Sub inspector Shiv Kumar, after inspecting the spot told Hill Post that a partially constructed building with 3 reinforced concrete slabs and a four and a half storied 11 year old building suffered complete loss.

“Cracks have appeared in a nearby building and its occupants have been evacuated for that structure too may collapse,” said Kumar.

“We got information about the building collapse at 10.30 p.m., said the police officer.

A developed plot in the vicinity has also been washed down in the heavy downpour that the hills received over the last 24 hours

In all, 4 families consisting of about 20 people have been rendered homeless.

Elsewhere from the state, heavy rain damages are reported with several roads blocked due to landslides or have been washed away by surging streams and rivers.

Landslides in Himachal Pradesh, Roads Blocked

Dharamsala recorded 182 mm of rain in 24 hours, while it was 111 mm at Sujjanpur Tira, 80 mm as Kasauli, 76 mm at Hamirpur, 50.4 mm at Sundernagar and in Shimla it was 45.4 mm.

Rail traffic in Kangra was hit as part of the track was blocked by a landslide. More than 60 road routes were hit by roadblocks because of rock fall or landslides.

The meterological office has issued a warning forecast that heavy to very heavy rain was likely to be experienced in the region over the next 48 hours as easterly winds were prevailing over the western Himalayan region at lower levels and interacting with mid latitude westerlies over the region.

The  Southwest  Monsoon was vigorous over the state during last 24 hours and precipitation occurred at most places in Himachal Pradesh with very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places, said the weatherman..

Maximum temperatures decreased by 3 to 40 C but no appreciable change in minimum temperatures was observed.  Lowest temperature was recorded at Kalpa 14.0° C and the highest at Una 30 degree C.

Photos by: Tarun Goel & Amit

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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