Flash floods in Himachal Pradesh kills nine, seven others missing

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Flash floods in Himachal Pradesh (Image tweeted by @ITBP_official)
Flash floods in Himachal Pradesh (Image tweeted by @ITBP_official)

New Delhi : At least nine people have died and seven others have gone missing in flash floods due to heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh.

According to the latest update, seven people lost their lives in Lahaul and Spiti, 2 others died in Chamba. Four people have been reported missing from Kullu district, including one tourist from Delhi. Another three have been reported missing from Lahaul and Spiti.

It is expected that the missing people are under the debris caused due to landslide. NDRF teams are conducting rescue operation at the site to save those who are trapped.

Giving further details, NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said that his team is trying to assess and help in Lahaul and Spiti. He also added that the climate change is seen as a major reason for the rising number of climate-related incidents.

It has also been notified that the people of Darcha village in Lahaul and Spiti have been moved to a safer place after the water level of the Bhaga river went up.

In Lahaul-Spiti, several roads have been blocked and around 60 vehicles are stranded due to multiple landslides. Many roads in parts of the state have been blocked due to landslides.

The Shimla Meteorological Centre has issued a “red” weather warning. According to the Darcha police check-post, the water level in the river increased considerably due to the heavy rainfall, damaging three shops near the river bank.