Heavy rain in Himachal: One killed, Kinner Kailash yatra called off

The district administration of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh has called off the annual Kinner Kailash pilgrimage, which commenced on August 1, after continuous rain caused flash flooding in nullahs and rivulets. Meanwhile, torrential rain in Himachal Pradesh claimed a life on Tuesday, while damaging scores of roads and bridges.

Powari village in Kinnaur district on Hindustan-Tibet road i.e. National Highway 5, was evacuated after gushing waters swept away five shops on Tuesday.

The district administration had ordered revenue officials to evacuate people living near the river bank.

“A team was sent to move out people living in the village, especially those near the river bank,” said Prem Sarita, a revenue official.

“We ran out of the shop when I heard whistles of alarm as the river was in spate. Within seconds my shop was swept away” said a shop owner, Pasang Lama.

Sanjay Kapoor, a pilgrim from Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, died of hypothermia.

Kinnaur deputy commissioner Anvinder Kumar said,” The pilgrim was not wearing warm clothes and died of cold. He was brought to the base camp by army jawans.”

Kinner Kailash Shivlingam, one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva is a 79-foot vertical rock in the Kinner Kailash mountain range. On a clear day, one can see the Shivlingam, which changes colour during the course of the day.

Meanwhile, around 100 pilgrims were stranded at Kangrang nullah en route Kinner Kailash. The pilgrims were evacuated with the help of army jawans and personnels of Indo Tibetan border police.

Rain also damaged a bridge on the national highway in Ribba, one of the biggest villages in Kinnaur district.

The administration has requisitioned engineers from Jindal Steel Works – 1091 Karcham Wangtoo project to repair the damaged bridge.

Man killed in landslide

A man was killed in a landslide at Dunali on Harsar-Manimahesh Lake trek in Bharmour region. The deceased was identified as Sanjeev Kumar, 25, resident of Chowbhia village in Bharmour sub-division.

Bharmour additional district magistrate PP Singh said the man was looking for a suitable place to set up a shop during Manimahesh Yatra that will begin in September.

His body has been retrieved and family members were provided an immediate relief of Rs 10,000.

In another incident, a school principal was injured after his car was hit by a rolling boulder in Chuwari area of Chamba district.

The district administration has advised people to avoid venturing out of their houses during heavy rainfall.

Pilgrims have also been advised against taking the Manimahesh trek until the official pilgrimage begins. The yatra is scheduled to start on September 3 on Janmashtmi.

Meanwhile, remote Kugti Panchayat in Bharmour sub-division was cut off from rest of the district after a footbridge was washed away in a flash floods in the Lahal Nullah. Around a dozen pilgrims who had gone to pay obeisance at Kartik Swami temple in Kugti were also stranded and have taken shelter in the village.

In Tissa area of the district, power supply to 35 panchayats was snapped for over 10 hours due to heavy rains while in remote Pangi region two link-roads were closed for traffic.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 13:17 IST

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