Shimla/ August 22
A bridge at Ribba on Hindustan-Tibet national highway (No 22), providing vital link to Pooh, Chango and Kaza tribal areas was washed away while several houses were damaged in landslides and some vehicles were washed away in flash floods as monsoons wreaked havoc in Himachalv during past 24 hours.
Heavy rains washed away the bridge at Ribba, 30-Km from Rekong Peo, headquarter of tribal district of Kinnaur while a tractor and tipper were washed away in flash floods at Kanan near Spillow. About half a dozen houses were endangered and declares unsafe in Totu area of shimla while three houses had already collapsed during past two days.
A 30 feet wide breach in Chhurdu village in Khundian Tehsil in Kangra district endangered the entire village and 70 affected people were shifted. The Pathankot- Jogindernagar railway line was blocked at some places due to Landslips and trains services on this route have been suspended.
While the traffic on major highways was not affected, the landslides triggered by heavy rains during past 48 hours block roads in the interior areas at several places and atleast 70 routes were affected.
The rains caused damage to houses and crops at some places in Kullu, Kangra, Mandi and Hamirpur districts and Foot Bridge and cowsheds were damaged.
The total loss to houses roads and crops was being assessed and as per rough estimates, it was likely to ruin into crores of rupees, an official said. Heavy rains lashed most parts of Himachal as monsoons remained vigorous and maximum day temperatures dropped by three to five degrees .Guler and Ghamroor were wettest in the region with 156 mm of rains while Bhoranj, N.Surian Hamirpur, Bangana Berthin, Dehragopipur and Arki were drenched with 146 mm, 140 mm, 114 mm, 112 mm, 107 mm, 103 mm and 100 mm of rains.
Dharamshala in Kangra recorded 98 mm of rains, followed by Jhandutta 95 mm, Palampur 77 mm, Ghumarwin 68 mm, Baijnath 66 mm, Jogindernagar 60 mm, Nurpur 58 mm, Nadaun 51 mm, Amb 43 mm, Karsog 33 mm, Una 29 mm,
Pandoh 27mm, Kasauli 25 mm and Shimla 24 mm.
The maximum day temperature dropped to 30.0 degree Una, four degree below normal while Bhuntar recorded a high of 29.2 degree, followed by Sundernagar 27.7 degree, Solan 26.5 degree, Dharamshala 25.6 degree, Nahan 25.2 degree and Shimla 20.2 degree.
However, Keylong, headquarter of tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti was warmer with maximum temperature staying at 27.6 degree, three degree above normal. The minimum temperatures also dropped by a few notches and Kalpa and Keylong were coldest at night with a low of 13.0 degree and 13.5 degree respectively.
The local MeT office has warned of heavy to very heavy rains at some places in lower and mid hills and rains and thunderstorm at most places in the state during next 48 hours.
Power production remain closed for the third day
Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd.’s (SJVNL) 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Power Project and Jaypee Karcham Hydro Corp. Ltd.’s 1,000 MW Karcham Wangtoo Hydroelectric Project, both located in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district, remained closed for the third day Wednesday, project officials said here. The shutdown has hit power supply to states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
” The silt content in the Satluj river on which both the projects located remained much higher than the permissible limit due to continuous rainfall, SJVNL’s deputy general manager, V.K. Verma said.
Likewise, NHPC’s 300 MW Chamera stage II located on the Ravi river in Chamba district remained shut. However, state-run Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd.’s 120-MW Bhava project in Kinnaur district and 5 MW Andhra project in Shimla district, which were also closed Tuesday due to high silt, resumed generation Wednesday.
SJVNL’s officials said the closure of power generation has caused a daily loss of Rs.9 crore. The SJVNL, a joint venture between the centre and the state government, daily generates about 38 million units.