Himachal floods: Centre deploys NDRF teams; HP CM says 'heavy damage'

Situation in Himachal due to heavy rains being closely monitored: PM Modi

Tribune News Service
Shimla, July 12

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has directed the Kangra district administration to extend all help to those affected by the flashfloods in Bhagsunag and Dharamsala area. 

He also asked deputy commissioners of all the district to provide immediate relief to anyone affected due to incessant rains. Thakur cautioned locals as well as tourists to stay away from rivers and nullahs which were in spate due to persistent rains to avoid any mishap.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the situation caused by heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh is being closely monitored with central authorities working in coordination with the state government.

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Flash floods triggered by heavy rains swept away buildings and cars at tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh while bad weather also led to the closure of the airport in Dharamshala.

The flash floods also damaged a bridge on the Mandi-Pathankot highway after which traffic was stopped on both sides, leading to a traffic jam.

“The situation in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rains is being closely monitored. Authorities are working with the State Government. All possible support is being extended. I pray for the safety of those in affected areas,” Modi tweeted. 

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Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah said NDRF teams had been deployed to deal with the flash-flood like situation following heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh.

Shah said that he had also addressed Himachal Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

In a tweet, Thakur said, "there has been a lot of damage due to heavy rains in various areas".

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