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Himachal Pradesh Rains Trigger Rescues and Alerts amid Monsoon Havoc

IMD issues yellow alert for heavy rain. Ten rescued from boat amid rising water in Himachal. 'Orange' alert for more rain. Monsoon wreaks havoc, over 200 casualties, extensive damage.

The IMD issues a yellow alert for heavy rain. Stranded individuals in a boat due to rising water in Himachal Pradesh’s Kol Dam reservoir are rescued.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has raised a ‘yellow’ alert for heavy rainfall today. Officials have successfully rescued ten individuals who were stranded on a boat at the Kol Dam reservoir in Himachal Pradesh due to a sudden surge in water levels caused by incessant rainfall. Among those saved, five were employees of the forest department. Mandi’s Deputy Commissioner, Arindam Chaudhary, informed that the rescue efforts were conducted jointly by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local administrative teams.

Simultaneously, the IMD has issued a ‘yellow’ alert for Monday and an ‘orange’ alert for heavy to very heavy rain from August 22 to August 24 in the mountainous state. The IMD also cautioned about a moderate risk of flash floods in the catchment regions of Chamba and Mandi districts and anticipated ongoing wet conditions until August 26.

The IMD bulletin detailed, “Light to moderate precipitation is likely to persist in a few places in the low and mid-hill districts of HP during the next 48 hours. Rainfall intensity and distribution are expected to increase in the state from August 21, with precipitation forecasted for various parts of the state until August 24. Isolated instances of heavy rainfall are possible in districts such as Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Una, Solan, and Sirmaur from August 21 to 23. Thunderstorms and lightning may occur at select locations in the state during this period.”

The ongoing monsoon season in Himachal Pradesh has been marked by continuous downpours leading to severe landslides, cloudbursts, and flash floods, resulting in significant destruction. Reports indicate that the rainfall-related incidents have claimed the lives of over 200 individuals in Himachal. Additionally, 2,022 houses have suffered complete damage, while 9,615 houses have been partially impacted. This monsoon season has also witnessed a total of 113 landslides, as reported by ANI.

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