Weather Fury | Snowfall in Keylong, Landslides block roads to Manali

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It is August and torrential rains are creating havoc in Himachal Pradesh as the continuos rains in the Himachal even brings unseasonal snowfall in Keylong town of Lahaul Valley district while the torrential rains in the lower hills caused several landslides all over Himachal Pradesh. Even Delhi – Manali highway remain blocked at several places between Kullu – Manali and Manali – Mandi which left so many commuters stranded.

I guess a lot of people have planned their travel at this time, being a long weekend but weather had its own plans. Many of the tourists would be stranded on roads while those who have planned their vacation near tributaries of beas like, Parvatu, Tirthan Valley etc may have to return or stay inside as all these rivers are in spate.

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Una, August,13 2011
Heavy rain in the past 24 hours has inundated Una town and its surrounding areas. Official sources here told The Tribune that Una in its 10-km periphery recorded 342 mm rainfall, its highest rainfall recorded in the region since 1988 when it witnessed a massive flood.

Traffic on both state highways passing through Una, including the Una-Amb and Una-Hamirpur roads, was disrupted as the rivulets there were flooded and water had inundated the areas surrounding the roads.

The bridge over the rivulet passing through Tiuri village on the Una-Amb state highway was damaged and the traffic had to be diverted through Gagret.

People from Tiuri sat on a dharna on the state highway. They alleged that their houses had been flooded as the Chinese company constructing the Una-Amb road had failed to develop a proper drainage system across the road.

Farmers from Lal Singhi, Jhalera and Basal villages suffered damages to their crops and infrastructure as the flood water entered their houses and fields. The house of Una Deputy Commissioner KR Bharti was also flooded with water. Many colonies developed by people along the rivulets and in the low lying areas were also flooded.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner said, “I have asked revenue officials to conduct a survey to assess the damage”. He, however, maintained that in many areas damage had been caused in areas where people had encroached upon the bed of rivulets.

However, the sources here said illegal colonisers in the district, who enjoyed political patronage, had developed colonies in the past few years right in the beds of rivulets.

Meanwhile, the Department of Irrigation had been maintaining that they had no authority to check the mushrooming of colonies in rivulets as the land was owned by private owners.

Landslides kill 2

Mandi: Two persons were killed and 15 others injured due to landslides, while 12 houses were damaged and two cremation grounds submerged by the surging Beas in the town. It also washed away 25 jhuggis in the area.

Over 22 head of cattle were killed and 15 kitchens were washed away due to landslides and rains in the district, which suffered a loss of Rs 90 lakh due to the rains.

The deceased have been identified as Punni Rani (60) of Bhanwas and Nirath Ram (45) of Archindi. Heavy rains in Mandi district had thrown normal life out of gear as the main roads to Sarkaghat, Janjheli and Karsog were breached at several places.

Mandi DC Devesh Kumar said inhabitants of jhuggis had been shifted to a gurdwara and people along the Suketi and Beas rivers had been alerted as the water level had risen above the danger mark.

The surging Beas and its tributary Suketi river flooded the historic Panchvakhtar temple, while the 126-MW Larji Power Project run by the state electricity board was shut down indefinitely in the wee hours today as the Beas hit the inflow of 32,000 cusecs per second, the highest level in the past five years.

The historic Panchavakhtar temple is being protected as a national mounument by the Archaelogical Survey of India.

The tributaries of the Beas, Parbati, Thirthan, Sarvari and Sainj were in spate. The BBMB Pandoh dam and Larji project opened their all five flood gates that pushed the Beas and its tributaries to the danger mark level.

Meanwhile on the Chandigarh-Manali road commuters ramained stranded at Duwada where the 100-m stretch of the highway was submerged under 5-ft of the Beas.

Traffic affected

Kullu: The National Highway-21 between Kullu-Manali and Kullu-Mandi has been temporarily blocked due to heavy landslides at Seobagh, Raison and Hanogi since last night. The Banjar-Ani-Shimla road was also not opened to vehicular traffic since yesterday due to landslides at the Jalori Pass. The road to Sainj, where the 2051-MW hydroelectricity power project was under construction, was also blocked.

The link roads to Thachi, Kalang, Bijlimahadev, and Manikaran were also temporarily blocked. Meanwhile, PWD officials are trying to restore the Kullu-Manali, Bhuntar-Manikaran and Aut-Sainj roads.

There were about 100 passengers stranded at the 13,050-ft Rohtang Pass since yesterday due to the sudden snowfall. Kullu Deputy Commissioner BM Nanta said the PWD, Revenue and other departments had been advised to assess the losses due to rains.

Palampur hit

Palampur: Traffic on Palampur-Mandi, Palampur-Pathankot, Palampur-Dharmsala and Palampur-Hamirpur remained suspended for hours.

The Pathankot-Mandi NH was also blocked, near Baijnath. Parts of Palampur subdivision remained without power supply for over 20 hours.

SP Jagota, Xen, PWD, said engineers were on duty and by afternoon all the roads would be opened for traffic. Water supply to the town and adjoining 50 villages was also disrupted as water supply lines were damaged near Bundla.

(Inputs by Lalit Mohan, Kuldeep Chauhan, Subhash Sharma and Ravinder Sood).

External Source: Heavy rain inundates Himachal Pradesh

In another story, the Keylong town of Lahaul Valley received an unseasonal snow of about 5 cm of snow resulting in severe dip of temperatures.  However, the whole Lahaul Spiti Valley has received  less amount of rainfall this season and that too by considerate amount.

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Shimla, August 13, 2011
While incessant rains over the past 36 hours threw life out of gear in the northern parts of the state, Keylong, the headquarter of the Lahaul-Spiti district, had an unseasonal snow, causing the mercury to plummet sharply in the tribal belt.

Keylong received 5 cm of snow, preceded by 55 mm of rain, quite unusual for the rain shadowed area, as a result of which the minimum temperature plunged to 4.6°C, 9°C below the normal.

The higher reaches had 10 to 15 cm of snow.

In fact, the Lahaul-Spiti had only 4.3 mm of rain in July and during the current season it had only 42.7 mm till yesterday, which was deficient by 84 per cent.

The mid and lower hills are having torrential rains with Una recording the highest 342.6 mm within the past 24 hours. There were several places which had more than 100 mm or rain which included Sujanpur Tira (288 mm), Nadaun(280 mm), Dharamsala (213,4 mm) , Berthin (193 mm), Mandi (177.2), Sundernagar (157.2 mm), Nagrota Suriyan (149 mm), Amb (14 mm), Dehra Gopipur (144 mm), Baldwara(142 mm), Jogindernagar ( 138 mm), Pandoh(137 mm).

Kheri( 90 mm), Ghamroor (86 mm), Seobagh (83 mm), Gohar(80 mm), Manali( 64mm), Guler (60 mm), Kahu (59mm), Kasol (55 mm), Sunni (43 mm) and Saloni (42 mm) were the other places which had substantial rain. However, the southern parts of the state like including the Solan , Shimla , Sirmour and Kinnaur district had moderate rain.

An apple-loaded truck fell into the Pabbar river, near Hatkoti, while the body of 46-year-old Bhim Singh of Gran village in Bilaspur was recovered from the Pabbar at its confluence with the Samarkot khud in Rohru.

External Source: Keylong gets unseasonal snow

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