Flash flood in Himachal’s Dharamshala after heavy rainfall

| Updated: July 12, 2021 6:18 pm

After a cloudburst in Bhagsu village near Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh recorded a record high rainfall of 79.4mm, whereas 21.2 mm is normal in the area according to IMD(Indian Meteorological Department) . Many videos of the havoc in the Kangra district have gone viral, especially Dharamshala. Several horrifying videos are posted on Twitter showing more damage.

Due to heavy rainfall, the riverbed above Bhagsunag in Mcleodganj changed its course resulting in the flash flood. The water started flowing towards the parking lot near the Bhagsunag Temple.

It resulted in many vehicles being damaged. Due to the flow of water, a few hotels were also submerged. However, no report of loss of human life till now.

It is a popular tourist destination and is packed with tourists at the time. A video by SHO Mcleod Ganj, Vipin Chaudhary has gone viral. Cars can be seen floating in the visual.

A video showing damage near the Manjhi river in Dharamshala caused by the overflowing of the river shows around 10 shops wiped away.

Union Home Minister, Amit Shah took to Twitter to post a key update about the rescue efforts. He said that the Centre has sent NDRF teams to Himachal to help in rescue operations. Shah also said that he has spoken with Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur and assured all help needed.

According to a report, three houses and five shops located along a seasonal rivulet in the Gaggal area were damaged owing to the gushing of water. The damage to the property was largely owing to encroachments on rivulets. 

Another cloudburst has been reported from Kangra. Latest update from news agency, ANI says that two persons are reportedly missing in Kangra.

According to IMD, Palampur in Kangra district recorded 155 mm rain, the highest in the state, while it was 48 mm in Dalhousie, 10 mm in the state capital and 55 mm in picturesque tourist resort Manali.

The forecast states heavy rain at isolated places in the state is expected till 14th July, 2021.

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