Himachal rains: IMD issues red alert for next 2 days; schools to remain closed in THESE districts today

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for heavy to very heavy rainfall for Himachal Pradesh during the next two days, officials said as reported by ANI.

On Wednesday, The meteorological office issued a ‘red alert’ predicting “heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated spells of extremely heavy rains” in six of the state’s 12 districts including Shimla for the next 24 hours. The ‘red alert’ warning has been issued in parts of Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur districts. The MeT Department also issued an orange warning of heavy to very heavy rains on Thursday.

The weather department has also also issued an orange alert for heavy to very heavy rainfall of 115.6 to 204.4mm rains in the hilly state on 24 August. The weather department also forecasted landslides and localised floods and have urged people to stay away from vulnerable structures.

The Himachal Police has in an update also stated that, “The Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert warning of “heavy to very heavy rainfall” on Wednesday and Thursday and a yellow alert for heavy rainfall on August 25 and 26. Please avoid unnecessary travel and keep distance from water sources”

All schools and colleges have been closed for two days beginning Wednesday in Shimla, Mandi and Solan districts.

Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu appealed the “people to not travel during the night hours”. He asked “people living in landslide-prone areas to vacate their houses”

Meanwhile on 23 August, hundreds of vehicles were stranded in the Kullu district after the Kullu-Mandi road got damaged due to rainfall. On this, Kullu SP Sakshi Verma said, “Due to the rainfall both the roads connecting Kullu district to Mandi have been damaged. The alternative route via Pandoh is also damaged &. PWD is trying to clear the road…”

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