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Posted at: Aug 10, 2018, 12:18 AM; last updated: Aug 10, 2018, 12:18 AM (IST)

Landslide in Dharamsala village, 8 houses damaged

Met predicts wet spell

  • The local Met office has warned of heavy to very heavy rain in lower and middle hills on August 12, heavy rain in the lower and middle hills on August 13 and predicted wet spell in the region for next six days. As many as 325 roads were blocked on Wednesday following landslides triggered by rain. Of these, 132 have been opened, while 193 are still blocked. TNS
Landslide in Dharamsala village, 8 houses damaged
A landslide at Kand village near Dharamsala. photo: Kamaljeet

Lalit Mohan

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, August 9

A massive landslide damaged eight houses at Kand village, about 20 km from Dharamsala, on Wednesday night. The villagers have been given shelter at the Mahila Mandal Bhawan and the village community hall.

The landslide has brought down a significant portion of the hill and washed away a road and retaining walls along it. The district administration has provided food to the affected villagers.

Sunil Kumar, whose house had been damaged, said since the entire top crust of the hill in their area had slid down, their houses had developed big cracks.

“The landslide occurred on Wednesday after heavy rain in the region,” he added. Chandan Singh, another villager, said the village had never witnessed such a landslide earlier. “About 2 hectares of fertile land has been affected by it. We have urged the district administration to provide us alternative land and financial aid for the construction of new houses,” he said.

However, the landslide-hit region was part of the area that has been proposed for the construction of Central University Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) campus.

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