Heavy rains trigger flash floods in Dharamsala Cars, buildings swept away, airport closed
Swollen Beas river due to heavy rain in Kullu on Monday. (PTI)
FLASH flood triggered by heavy rains swept away buildings and cars at tourist spots as bad weather also led to the closure of the airport here. The district administration also instructed tourists to postpone visit to Dharamshala in view of heavy rains. A drain near Bhagsu Nag in upper Dharamshala adjoining Mecleodganj changed its course owing to heavy rains, sweeping away four cars and several bikes, video clips showed. A Government school building at Bhagsunag was also damaged and adjacent hotels there were inundated, it showed. “Due to inclement weather and heavy rains, all flights to Dharamshala airport at Gaggal have been cancelled,” said airport’s traffic in-charge Gaurav Kumar. Owing to flash flood at Manjhi Khad area adjoining Dharamshala, two buildings were swept away while several others were reported to be damaged, the video clips.
The flash floods also damaged a bridge on the Mandi-Pathankot highway after which traffic was stopped on both sides, leading to a traffic jam. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “The situation in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rains is being closely monitored. Authorities are working with the State Government. All possible support is being extended. I pray for the safety of those in affected areas.” Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to take stock of the situation arising due to the floods and assured him all possible help from the Centre. Thakur also urged the local people and tourists to refrain from going near the river banks to avoid any untoward incident.