Heavy Rains Forecast: Orange Alert Issued for Parts of Himachal

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On Saturday, the local weather office in Himachal Pradesh issued an orange alert, warning of heavy to very heavy rains in isolated places. The region is expected to experience further rainfall as per the forecast.

Since the onset of monsoon, a total of 138 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh. (Photo: Crazynewsindia)

The local weather office in Himachal Pradesh issued an orange alert for heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places on Saturday, with the forecast indicating more rains in the region. In addition to this, the MeT (Meteorological Department) also issued a yellow warning for heavy rains at a few places from July 23 to 25.

The districts likely to experience isolated spells of very heavy rainfall include Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur, Solan, and Sirmaur. Meanwhile, Una, Hamirpur, Lahaul and Spiti, and Kinnaur districts are expected to receive heavy rainfall on Saturday.

On Friday, parts of Himachal Pradesh witnessed light to heavy rains. According to weather data from the past 24 hours till 5.30 pm, Palampur recorded the highest rainfall with 147 mm, followed by Dharamshala with 50 mm, Manali with 34 mm, and Dalhousie with 27 mm.

Unfortunately, since the monsoon onset on June 24, the state has faced severe consequences with 138 fatalities due to rain-related incidents such as landslides, flash floods, and road accidents.

The Himachal Pradesh State Emergency Response Centre reported a loss of Rs 4,986 crore. Numerous properties have been damaged, including 586 houses completely and 5,030 partially, along with 234 shops and 1,500 cowsheds. Moreover, approximately 605 roads remain closed in the state.

In response to the situation, a team sent by the Centre is visiting the rain-hit areas in the state to assess the losses. The authorities are closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary steps to mitigate the impact of heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh.

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