CM Sukhu urges Centre to declare floods a national calamity
The Newz Radar
SHIMLA: Torrential rain continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh for the third day on Monday (July 10, 2023). Four persons are feared dead after getting swept away in the swollen Beas, among them one from Mandi and three from Manali.
There are reports of three Volvo buses being washed away from a parking lot in Manali. Over the last 24 hours, 34 persons have died due to landslides, cloudbursts, house collapse, falling of trees and lightning in north India. The maximum 11 deaths have occurred in Himachal while four persons are missing.
As many as 828 roads, including six national highways, are blocked due to landslides in various parts of the state. About 4,700 power transformers have been rendered non-functional due to snags. The bailey bridge in Kullu’s Akhara Bazar has also suffered a heavy damage.
The maximum damage has occurred in the catchment areas of the Beas, which has taken a ferocious form, something like never seen before. There has been heavy damage on the banks of the river with gushing waters swallowing several buildings and bridges.
There is a blackout in Kullu district for the past two days. People and tourists are worried due to the closure of roads and drinking water supply. All 29 persons trapped in Manali’s Kisan Bhawan have been rescued and taken out safely on Monday morning. Many tourists are also present in it.
Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has demanded to declare the devastation caused by the rains as a national calamity. CM Sukhu is learnt to have been seeking details about the happenings in Mandi, Kullu, Solan districts throughout the night. Three houses were washed away due to floods in the Bhava khud in Kinnaur district on Sunday night.