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Relentless rainfall triggers devastating landslides in Himachal Pradesh, resulting in tragic loss of lives. Rescue operations and alerts in progress.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Aug 16, 2023 00:21 IST
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Rescue operations are underway after a landslide occurred at Summer Hill, in Shimla on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: ANI)
Rescue operations are underway after a landslide occurred at Summer Hill, in Shimla on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: ANI)

Shimla: In a tragic turn of events, relentless rainfall in Himachal Pradesh has led to a series of devastating landslides, resulting in a grim loss of lives. As the region grapples with the aftermath, rescue operations are underway, and authorities are on high alert.

Landslides wreak havoc

The recent downpour has triggered a catastrophe, claiming the lives of at least 55 individuals in Himachal Pradesh over the past 48 hours. The deluge has led to severe landslides that have swept away homes and disrupted communities, particularly in the Krishna Nagar area of Shimla.

In latest updates, reports of around 5 to 7 houses being collapsed following incessant rains. Videos of the collapse with locals screaming in pain as they see their houses getting devastated.

CM Sukhu arrives on the spot

Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has reached Krishna Nagar to take stock of the situation.

Rescue efforts in full swing

Local authorities, along with emergency response teams including the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State and District Police, and medical personnel, have swiftly mobilized to the affected areas. These teams are engaged in relentless rescue operations to save lives and provide aid to those stranded or in distress.

Growing concerns and ongoing challenges

Himachal Pradesh and neighboring Uttarakhand have been grappling with unrelenting heavy rains, intensifying the crisis. The situation remains precarious, as there are growing concerns of more landslides and potential loss of life. Chief Minister Sukhdev Singh Ji Khangura has expressed deep concern and urged citizens to remain vigilant.

Weather impact and outlook

The ongoing heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc on the region’s hilly terrain, exacerbating the risk of landslides. The landslides have not only resulted in tragic loss of life but have also left many homes destroyed and disrupted crucial infrastructure. The Chief Minister has also issued warnings about the possibility of a further rise in casualties.

In the wake of these tragic events, efforts continue to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens in the region. The focus remains on mitigating further damage and providing timely assistance to those affected by this natural calamity.

First published on: Aug 15, 2023 11:00 PM IST

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