20 incidents of cloudbursts in Himachal Pradesh, monsoon going strong

Cloudbursts are occurring too frequently in Himachal Pradesh and around 20 incidents have been reported in this monsoon season from different parts of Himachal Pradesh. However, there seems no respite from cloudy weather condition in Himachal anytime soon. Shimla meteorological centre has predicted more rain and thundershowers in the state till August 24.

A cloudburst leading to a flash flood in Bagi-Segli rivulet washed away around a dozen shops, houses and two watermills in Bagi village on Friday. Besides, a bridge providing connectivity to Prashar lake too was damaged, leaving over a dozen vehicles stranded in the area. Official estimates have pegged the initial loss to public and private property to around Rs 85 lakh.

Another cloudburst occurred in Parbati valley of Kullu district on Friday night. A consequent flash flood washed away machines, connection box shed and protection wall of 100 MW Everest Malana phase-II hydro power project. Workers on the night shift were lucky to escape the flood waters.

The state has suffered losses of over Rs 2,900 crore during this monsoon season. Abnormally high rainfall was experienced from June 15 to 17, which was 576% to 1,358% above normal as per Indian Metrological Department (IMD) data. Kinnaur district, which received 193.5mm rains on June 17 against normal 0.7mm for the day coupled with heavy snowfall in upper reaches, suffered maximum damage. Sirmaur district received 136.8mm rains on June 17, against normal 1.8mm for the day, while heavy torrential rains were recorded in various parts of the state since then.

In Himachal Pradesh, 43 people have lost their lives -- 23 in Kinnaur, 7 in Shimla, 5 in Sirmaur, 4 in Kangra, 2 in Mandi and 1 each in Chamba and Hamirpur districts -- due to heavy rains and landslides. Besides, 24,145 livestock were reported dead -- a loss of Rs. 5.51 crore. Besides, damage to 5,092 houses, cowsh
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