Rain havoc continues in Himachal Pradesh, 150 roads blocked due to heavy water

Heavy rains on Saturday disrupted normal life in Himachal Pradesh. More than 150 roads in the state have been blocked due to landslides and floods. Mandi district has been the worst affected by the rains. The maximum number of 111 roads are closed in Mandi district, while nine roads are closed in Chamba, eight in Shimla and 13 in Sirmaur district.

The 151-km-long National Highway 707 (NH-707) which connects Hatkoti to Paonta Sahib and enters Uttarakhand en route was also blocked. The highway was blocked in Sataun, Kamrao, Kafota, Charau, Shillai, Sri Kyari, and Rohnat districts. Public Works Department (PWD) officials said efforts were on to restore traffic at the earliest. The torrential rains affected utilities in the state and disrupted supply from 334 power lines and 55 water schemes.

The rain brought down the mercury in the higher reaches of the state. Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place with a temperature of 9.9 degrees Celsius. The highest rainfall in the state was recorded in Kangra district headquarters Dharamsala at 214 mm, Jogindernagar at 169 mm, Kangra at 157 mm, Baijnath at 142 mm, Nagrota Surian at 90.2 mm, Sujanpur Tira at 72 mm, Dhaulkuan at 70 mm, Ghamarur at 68.2 mm and Nadaun at 63 mm.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert in most parts of the state. IMD senior scientist Sandeep Kumar Sharma said that due to rain, fog will prevail in Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur districts. The weather is expected to clear from July 8.

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