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Second Cloudburst hits near Kullu – Manali Region within Fortnight

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In just a fortnight’s time, it was the second cloudburst that hits Kullu – Manali region in early morning hours of Saturday morning. The National Highway – 21 connecting Kullu – Manali to Chandigarh and further to Delhi was uprooted at many places due to flash floods thereby disrupting the vehicular movements for a long time and causing severe damage to the crops in the Kullu Valley. The disruption of vehicular movement lasted for more than 8 hrs before all the debris from the highway was cleared and highway was made functional again. Meanwhile, all the food and milk supplies to Kullu and Manali region were delayed till late afternoon when finally the highway was restored for one way movement by PWD staff.The flash flood took place at Sambal Nallah due to a cloudburst in the Bali Dhar forest range, near Pandoh in Mandi district.

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Pandoh (Mandi), August 6, 2011
Maize crop on 17 bighas of land, seven cows and goats, four water flour mills (gharaats), two foot bridges and IPH water supply line were washed away in the flash flood in the Sambal Nullah triggered by the cloudburst in the Bali Dhar forest range uphill at around 6.15 am today.

Two tourist vehicles carrying over 15 passengers had a providential escape at the Jagar Nullah, about 5 km from Sambal, after their vehicles were caught up in the flowing debris. But they were rescued by the PWD staff.

The flash flood also damaged the approach of the culverts on the Sambal Nullah and blocked the water passage pumping huge boulders, logs of wood and debris that flowed on the 200-m-long stretch of the highway. That in turn blocked the traffic on both sides of the highway for eight hours, stranding passengers there since morning. Milk and vegetable supplies to Kullu and Manali were delayed till 2 pm when the PWD restored the highway for the movement of one-way traffic. The traffic remained stranded for 5 km on the both sides of the highway for eight hours.

The pradhan of Sambal panchayat said it looked like a tsunami as boulders and flood water flowed down on the highway. “We woke up children and others as the flood headed towards both sides of the highway and ran to safer places,” he narrated.

The washing away of foot bridges has hit the movement of villagers across the Sambal Nullah upstream. The commuters had a harrowing time as their further journey was sabotaged.

The villagers said they had never heard of a flood in this nullah. It rained from 1 am this morning and continued till 6.30 am. The flash flood created a 60-m-wide gorge deshaping the landscape in about 3-km-long flash flood-hit zone right from the Bali Dhar range till where it meets the Beas.

Between Mandi and Pandoh, the smaller rivulets were also in spate littering boulders here and there on the highway.

Executive Engineer, National Highway, Jatinder Sharma said the road and culverts in Sambal and Jagar Nullahs worth Rs 2 crore had been damaged by the flash flood. The debris has been cleared to make one way movement for traffic

External Source:Maize crop, foot bridges washed away in flash flood in Kullu – Manali

There was another cloudburst near Manali at Dhundi two weeks back which took more than 4 lives and left few missing. Read complete story here: Cloudburst Hits Manali | Two died and many missing

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    • Sure, Jayesh. That will be fantastic. You will need to share the public link of the album which comes at the bottom of the screen when you click Edit Photos, else it will not come up too. Let me know incase you find any difficulty in that. Thanks a lot 🙂

      Dheeraj Sharma

  1. hi dheeraj,

    thanks for ur replay is it possible to upload pictures on this site….? if yes then how to upload the same? i will upload some of mine.

    • Hey Jayesh,

      I am sorry bro there is no direct option to upload the pictures here, but I am working on it to add such feature. I will be rolling all new design of the blog in the coming month and then for the next release will add feature so that others can upload the pictures too.

      For now, you can share the Public Link of the Facebook Album on the Facebook Wall of Devil On Wheels Facebook Page or if you know HTML then you can paste the tags of your images in the comments section so that they appear as part of your comments here.Thanks for showing such interest Jayesh.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  2. hi dheeraj,

    finally completed journey of leh-laddakh. we survived from recent cloud burst of manali bcooz we came by leh-kargil-shrinagar highway. recent news is that manali-leh highway is in VERY WORST CONDITION. U NEED TO FIND UR OWN ROAD TO DRIVE ON IT. rohtang pass is with full of mud almost 2 feet just kissing to the silencer of my bike (bajaj avenger). again morrie plains u need to find ur own road. there is no road as such. and rest of all manali to leh also u can go more then 20 per hour speed except keylong to jispa and upashi to leh. and from back on leh to kargil also 70 % road is in bad condition. but we enjoyed biking in this region. cheers ……..

    • Hello Jayesh,

      Many thanks for the update buddy. I guess it will be helpful for others too. I assume you had a rocking time on the whole trip and enjoyed alot. Yes, Rohtang Pass is in mess but that has been the case since last year. Generally, Moore Plains are better and you always need to find the road or tracks of other cars/taxis to drive but it might have rained as well to create the dampness.

      Thanks again.

      Dheeraj Sharma

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