One killed as heavy rain lashes Himachal

Chances of survival of the two missing people bleak as they were buried under a huge mass of boulders

Shimla: Heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday claimed one life, as hundreds of people were stranded across the state following landslides and snapped road links, officials said.

The submerged Dharampur bus station after a cloud burst in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. Pic/PTI
The submerged Dharampur bus station after a cloud burst in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. Pic/PTI  

Three members of a family were buried when boulders hit their house in a village in Dharampur sub-division of Mandi district, said Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam. One body was found and efforts were on to trace two others.

Official sources said the chances of survival of the two missing people were bleak since they were buried under a huge mass of boulders.

Kadam said panchayats in Dharampur have been badly affected as many houses were damaged in the floods.

The bus stand at Dharampur was also damaged by floods in the Son rivulet, a tributary of Beas river.

Mandi, Kangra and Hamirpur districts also experienced moderate to heavy rain, with Sundernagar town in Mandi district recording the highest rainfall at 145 mm. More rain is in store, the Met office said.

Shimla received 58.5 mm while Dharamsala experienced 100 mm of rain.

There were reports of link road closure in the interiors of Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts, hampering traffic movement.

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