Ankur Chatterjee: In the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, the Chakki bridge, on the morning of August 20, collapsed after one of its three pillars was damaged completely due to continuous heavy rainfall in the state.
The railway bridge constructed on the Chakki river was seen, in the visuals from the scene, collapsing amidst the downpour.
There were landslides too in the Dharmshala region because of a cloudburst that took place. Also, a flash flood occurred in the early hours of this morning in the state’s Mandi district, resulting in water to enter houses and shops, entrapping residents and damaging vehicles parked alongside the road. Places affected in the district by the incident were Balh, Sadar, Thunag, Mandi and Lamathach.
Schools have also been temporarily closed in Kangra, Kullu, and Mandi districts due to the prolonged rainfall.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had previously forecast heavy rain in isolated areas of Himachal Pradesh today, including Kangra, Chamba, Bilaspur, Sirmaur, and Mandi.
Due to the prevailing bad weather, locals and tourists have been advised to avoid going near rivers and streams.
The Himachal Pradesh disaster management department has issued a landslide warning for the state due to heavy rains expected until August 25.
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