A flash flood caused by incessant rain in Himachal Pradesh’s Una district has resulted in damage to 10 houses and the sweeping away of a car. The incident occurred during the ongoing monsoon season and has raised concerns for the safety of residents in the affected area.
Light to moderate rains have continued to lash several parts of Himachal Pradesh, with varying amounts of rainfall reported in different areas. Notably, Palampur received 32 mm of rain, Nahan 22 mm, Mandi 14 mm, Una 13 mm, and Kangra 9 mm.
Car Swept Away, Houses Partially Damaged
A video circulating on social media captured the terrifying moment when a car was swept away by the floodwaters in Una. Thankfully, the driver managed to escape in time, and no casualties have been reported. However, the flash flood resulted in partial damage to around eight to ten houses in Khad village.
Yellow Alert and Ongoing Precautions
The Meteorological Department has issued a “yellow” alert for heavy rain, thunderstorms, and lightning at isolated places in plains, low, and mid hills until July 9. This alert emphasizes the need for caution and preparedness among residents in the affected areas. The wet spell is expected to continue until July 11, and there is a possibility of flash floods in watersheds and other channels in districts such as Shimla, Mandi, Sirmaur, and Solan.
Impact of the Monsoon Season
Since the onset of the monsoon on June 24, Himachal Pradesh has faced significant losses amounting to Rs 275.86 crores. The losses include damage to public infrastructure, such as roads under the Public Works Department (PWD), and Jal Shakti Vibhag. Additionally, as many as 23 roads remain closed for traffic due to the adverse weather conditions.
Cautions and Concerns
The Meteorological Department also cautions about potential damage to standing crops, fruit plants, and young seedlings due to the ongoing rains and floods. Moreover, disruptions to water and electricity supply are anticipated, causing further inconvenience to the residents in the affected regions.
The flash flood incident in Una highlights the need for preparedness and prompt action during the monsoon season in Himachal Pradesh. As the “yellow” alert persists, authorities and residents should remain vigilant to minimize potential damage and ensure the safety of the people living in the region.
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