17 Aug 2023

Himachal Floods: Houses, Buildings In Many Localities Become Unsafe In Shimla, People In Panic; 60 Houses Vacated In 2 Days

Shimla: Devastation continues in Himachal's capital Shimla due to rain fury, floods. Falling of trees and landslides are threatening people's homes.  In two days, more than 60 houses in Shimla have been vacated and 150 families have been shifted to other places.

10 families in Banmore shifted

After Krishnanagar, Summerhill and Himland, now 10 families in Banmore have also been shifted as a precautionary measure. Along with the Governor's House, the roof of Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania's house in Banmore has also been badly damaged due to falling of two deodar trees. Now these buildings are not safe for living.

State Library on Mall Road changes its position

In Jakhu too, a gap of one to two feet has come up due to a crack in the hill behind the Housing Board Colony. The State Library built at Scandal Point on Mall Road has also changed its position. The danger of its collapse has increased after heavy rains. 

Multi-storey govt building in Tolland in danger

Now the government building is in danger and has become unsafe. The multi-storey building of the Urban Development Department (UD) built in Tolland  is also threatened. The employees working here are in panic after a heavy landslide from the hill behind it. The time has come to vacate this building as well. But, the worry is that where will the entire directorate be shifted. Because of this the building has not been vacated till now.

Shimla's circular road has also been closed due to landslides at several places. Same is the condition of Governor House, KNH, US Club and other roads of the city. Due to the landslide, people are in panic in many colonies of Shimla.

780 rescued in flood-affected areas of Kangra 

Meanwhile, choppers belonging to the Western Air Command carried out over 50 sorties over the last 48 hours, rescuing over 780 citizens in the flood-affected areas of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, Indian Air Force officials informed.

Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, Nipun Jindal, told, "A total of 800 trapped civilians were rescued on August 15. Further rescue operations are underway with the help of NDRF, the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. All necessary arrangements have been made for those rescued so far. Relief camps have also been set up for them."

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