10 killed in Kinnaur as heavy rain triggers landslides


Shimla/ June 17
Himachal Pradesh has suffered heavy losses of life and property due to intermittent rain which lashed the entire State from last two to three days.
As per reports reaching State headquarters ten persons were reported killed due to landslides in tribal district of Kinnaur and more than 1700 tourists and locals were stranded due to blockade of roads.
Five members of a family, including three children, were buried alive when boulders fell on their house while four others were killed landslides in three other places as incessant heavy rains wreaked havoc in tribal Kinnaur district of Himachal.
The areas beyond Tapri were cut off due to numerous landslides on Hindustan-Tibet National Highway and the chief minister Virbhadra Singh who was campaigning for Mandi Lok Sabha by-elections was stranded at picturesque Sangla Valley..
“Work is on to reopen the link road to Sangla Valley and other major roads to evacuate over 1000 tourists, stranded at various places in the district, mainly in Sangla area,” Deputy Commissioner J.M. Pathania said.
He said that five members of a family were buried alive while in sleep in their house in a massive landslide in village Chagaon village near Tapri. Unusual heavy downpour in Spiti and Pooh, known as cold deserts has taken people by surprise and loose rocks crumbled due to heavy rains.
Chitkul and some other areas in higher hills near Sangla had fresh spell of snowfall and 50 cm of snow was recorded in Chitkul.
Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh have expressed grief over the death of 10 persons in district Kinnaur who died after being buried in landslides.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh directed the administration to take quick and appropriate action to deal with the situation and to provide immediate relief and assistance to the affected. He has also urged the Government of India to send a team to assess the losses occurred due to the heavy rainfall in State.
Meanwhile, a high level meeting was convened here today by the Chief Secretary S. Roy to cope-up with the situation arisen due to adverse weather conditions and heavy rainfall in the State particularly in tribal area of Kinnaur.
Chief Secretary directed different agencies and departments to work in coordination to deal with the situation. An appeal was made to the people not to venture out during heavy rains as there was always a risk of being trapped in landslides etc.

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