Heavy rainfalls and landslides in the state of Himachal Pradesh have caused extensive damage in the last few days.
With massive flash floods being triggered due to landslides and continuous rainfall, National Highway 5 was blocked for few hours in the Kinnaur district, on Sunday morning.
The landslide disrupted traffic and caused a heavy jam for hours.
NH-3, between Manali and Kullu was also partially damaged due to a landslide.
Heavy and medium-sized vehicles came to a stall as debris on the road prevented any movement in the entire Kinnaur valley.
Himachal Pradesh: National Highway 5 blocked after landslide and heavy rain in Ribba, Kinnaur pic.twitter.com/QVhAYcFPEG— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2019
Where Kangra district received the heaviest rainfall of the season at 118 mm, Dharamshala (115 mm) and Dalhousie (73 mm) were not far behind.
All private and government schools in the entire region have been asked to remain shut till August 19.
Office of the District Magistrate, Kullu: Due to heavy rains & incidents of landslides in the region, all private & government educational institutions in the district will remain closed on 19 August. #HimachalPradesh pic.twitter.com/4P8NOcXV57— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2019
Severe waterlogging was reported in large parts of Mandi, a district in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh: Severe waterlogging at the parking area near Panchvaktra Temple in Mandi. pic.twitter.com/QbItXLDtgR— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2019
The town of Kullu suffered maximum destruction due to increasing level of water in the Beas river.
Himachal Pradesh: A portion of the bridge over Beas river in Akhara Bazaar area of Kullu town collapses after the water level in the river increases due to heavy rainfall in the region. pic.twitter.com/nLtW1L5UWP— ANI (@ANI) August 18, 2019
Disaster management teams have been briefed on the situation and all the sensitive spots in Himachal Pradesh to ensure evacuation and relief activities take place on time.