Watch: Cloudburst in Himachal's Dharamshala creates flash floods, terrifying video captures horror in hills
As per the viral videos, the cloudburst has occurred over Dharamshala which has triggered flash floods in the area.
A cloudburst in Dharamshala has triggered a flash flood, washing away vehicles and causing damage to properties in the Bhagsu Nag area. Several videos have been shared by locals as well as the authorities, including SHO Mcleodganj Vipin Chaudhary, on Twitter.
So far, no casualty has been reported in Dharamshala flash flood, said Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.
All the Deputy Commissioners and SPs have been ordered to stay alert and keep regulating tourist places. I appeal to all the tourists to avoid visiting high-risk areas, he added.
As per the viral videos, the cloudburst has occurred over Dharamshala which has triggered flash floods in the area. The cloudburst has blocked the national highway near Jhakri in Rampur area of Shimla district. There is no report of loss of lives.
Heavy rain has lashed the Kangra district, 58 km from Dharamshala, throwing life into disarray. The rapid pace at which the water was flowing transformed — in no time — a brook in Bhagsu Nag, which is a tourist attraction, into nothing short of a river. Some of the hotels in the area have reported heavy damage. The cloudburst and flash floods have instilled fear in people and also caused commotion and confusion.
Dharamshala is currently packed with tourists from Delhi and other surrounding areas. A video has surfaced online showing a huge amount of mud gushing into the town. Luxury cars are seen floating in the flash flood.
Shimla’s National Highway has been blocked near Jhakri in Rampur area. Many tourists are feared to be stuck due to the blockade.
In neighbouring Uttarakhand, a landslide has been reported in Chamoli. The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway 07 has been blocked due to the landslide. Rescue efforts are on to clear the crucial Highway.
Monsoon is a critical season for the Himalayan region. Due to heavy deforestation, rains have triggered floods in the recent past.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Himachal Pradesh will experience heavy rains in the coming days. The weather department has issued an orange weather warning of heavy to very heavy rains in plains and mid-hills on July 12 and 13 July and a yellow weather warning for July 14 and 15 in the state.
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