The situation was grim in neighbouring Uttarakhand too, as a 12-hour spell of torrential rain caused three deathsand left five people missing while 114 workers were rescued by SDRF from a flooded Rishikesh-Karnaprayag railway tunnel near Shivpuri.
The fatalities have pushed the state’s rain-related death toll this monsoon to 63, with over 20 people still unaccounted for.
The extreme rain spells came during a “break” in the monsoon over the country, when the monsoon trough runs close to the western Himalayas, making the hill states vulnerable to heavy showers. Rising water levels in Himachal rivers have prompted an alert in the downstream regions of Punjab.
Kalka-Shimla rail route damaged in HP landslide
Intense rain knocked out power, swept away buses, trucks and cars, while causing substantial damage to houses and bridges in Himachal Pradesh on Monday. The Kalka-Shimla rail route, designated as a World Heritage site, has been severely damaged by alandslide.
The historic Shiv Bawdi temple collapsed under the force of a landslide, burying over two dozen people. Eight bodies had been recovered till Monday night. In Mandi district, five cloudbursts and flash floods led to 19 fatalities. In Shimla, landslides claimed 14 lives (including eight dead at Shiv Bawdi temple collapse), while flash floods in Solan resulted in 10 fatalities.
In Jadon village of Solan, a cloudburst led to the loss of seven lives within a single family. As Himachal and Uttarakhand brace for more rainfall, authorities are collaborating to mitigate the impact of the disaster. IMD has issued a yellow warning for the region, forecasting isolated extremely heavy rainfall until August 18.