Bahra University

Heavy rains continued to lash several parts of Himachal Pradesh triggering landslides while one person died in Chamba district after he was hit by a rolling stone.

The Pathankot-Jogindernagar-Sarkaghat Highway was blocked due to landslides at numerous places following heavy rains while Pooh and Kaza tribal areas remained cut off from the rest of the state by road for the fifth consecutive day.

Dharamsala received 128 mm of rains while Ghamroor, Dalhousie and Paonta Sahib recorded 116 mm, 112 mm and 96 mm of rains disrupting normal life and triggering landslides in interior areas blocking the link roads. Nurpur had 84 mm of rains, followed by Saloni 80 mm, Amb 72 mm, Nagrota Suriyan 70 mm, Gaggal and Gohar 66 mm, Baijnath 60 mm, Palampur 58 mm, Arki 56 mm, Nahan 53 mm, Mandi Jogindernagar and Guler 42 mm, Tissa, Sujanpur- Tira and Kufri 32 mm, Una and Mandi 26 mm, Bilaspur, Bangana, Jhandutta and Pandoh 22 mm each and Kahu and Nadaun 19 mm.

Shimla experienced intermittent heavy rains till this evening while mercury dropped to 18.7 degree, a drop of three degree since yesterday. The maximum day temperatures dropped by two to three degree with Dharamsala which was hottest during the day, recording a high of 26.2 degree, followed by Bhuntar 24.5 degree, Nahan 23.8 degree, Sundernagar 23.5 degree, Solan 22.5 degree and kalpa 19.2 degree.

The local MeT office has forecast widespread rains and thunder storms across the state and warned of heavy to very heavy rains in mid and lower hills during the next 48 hours.