In the past 24 hours, incessant rainfall has wreaked havoc in various parts of the Mandi district, leading to extensive damage. Simultaneously, road closures have been enforced due to the adverse conditions. At Janjehli in the Mandi district, a flash flood caused the washing away of numerous vehicles.
In the midst of these events, the IMD Himachal Pradesh has issued a flash flood risk warning for a 24-hour period until 1:00 pm on June 26. Certain watersheds and localities in Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur, and Mandi districts in Himachal Pradesh are expected to face moderate to high risk.
Throughout the district, multiple landslides have been reported, putting many downstream houses at risk.
The overnight rainfall in the hilly areas has caused the water level of the Beas River, which flows through Mandi, to rise.
In the Mandi district, the Panchayat named “Manthla” in the Sadar Vidhansabha constituency has suffered significant damage due to the rain. Flash floods, triggered by heavy rainfall during the night, have severely affected a natural water source and the community hall in Manthala Panchayat. The rooms of the community hall are now filled with stones and other debris.
Anil Sharma, the Sadar MLA, visited the site to meet the affected individuals and assess the situation. He has instructed the Jal Shakti Department, which includes the Administration and Public Works Department (PWD), to take necessary measures for relief and road restoration.
The Mandi district has recorded a precipitation of 64.4 millimeters in the past 24 hours.
Other states have also experienced damages attributed to heavy rainfall. In the Kullu district, several vehicles were swept away, while near Kullu town, the Maohal rivulet caused the disappearance of eight vehicles.
The District Emergency Operation Center (DEOC) in Chamba reported a road accident at Place Khadamukh on the Khadamukh-Holi Road. As a result of this incident, a car fell into the NHPC-II dam. The number of people inside the car at the time is currently unknown. The search and rescue operation is being led by the Police Team Bharmour.
DEOC Solan reported a cloud burst in the Mahaal Mangal Kathpol subdivision of Arki. Sadly, this event resulted in the loss of 30-35 goats. The authorities are currently conducting a rescue and search operation in the area.