Amidst the ongoing heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh, CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has issued a crucial appeal, urging individuals to refrain from visiting any rivers or water bodies in the vicinity.
He emphasized the possibility of additional downpour within the next 24 hours and assured that the government has directed the authorities to implement necessary safety measures.
The Chief Minister earnestly requested, “I urge everyone to exercise caution and avoid venturing near rivers or water bodies. We are taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of our people.”
The rainfall department has forecast further rain for Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Delhi and its joining areas over the coming couple of days.
Shocking images of the chaos- vehicles sailing like paper boats, muddy waters rushing into domestic areas, buildings submerged on the banks by the overinflated gutters and land delve – sways- were participated online by people from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi.
The water level of the Beas River has risen significantly due to continuous rains in Mandi and Kullu districts, causing landslides and severe flooding in various areas.
Traffic from Kullu to Manali has been restricted due to rock falls at many places on the Kullu-Manali road and a sharp increase in the water level in the Beas River.
Earlier today, the HP Traffic, Tourism and Railways Police advised that train services on the Shimla-Kalka Heritage Railway have been canceled due to heavy rains and high levels of moving water. Additionally, the railway between Koti and Sanwara stations remained closed due to incessant rains on the Kalka-Shimla railway.