A cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala caused flash floods in the area, causing damage to properties in the tourist destination of the Bhagsu Nag area. It is seen in the photos and videos that the speed at which the water is flowing in the area with heavy waterlogging and parked vehicles and hotels. Cars parked in the parking lot are seen floating in the water like paper boats. Home Minister Amit Shah, taking stock of the situation from CM Jai Ram Thakur, has dispatched NDRF teams for relief work soon and he is constantly monitoring the situation.
Locals shared a video of the flash floods where a small rivulet took the form of a river after waterlogging and flash floods in the area. The flash floods followed on Monday after cloudbursts were reported in the area, leading to incessant rains. After the flood-like area in the district, the administration has put the area on alert. Officials are on alert and the state administration is continuously monitoring the floods.
Kangra district, 58 km from Dharamsala, also received heavy rains and caused heavy damage to hotels in the area. Apart from Kangra, several other districts of Himachal Pradesh have also received heavy rains after the hot weather.
#WATCH | Himachal Pradesh: Heavy rainfall triggered a flash flood in Dharamshala earlier today. Vehicles stuck & submerged in water while people struggle to walk on the road. Visuals from the Bhagsu Nag area. pic.twitter.com/Oz6gAK3xHw— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2021
Giving more details about the cloudburst, Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal said that two people are reported missing in Kangra district after heavy rains and flash floods. The Deputy Commissioner said that we cannot say that it is a cloudburst in Bhagsu Nag, but initially, it is a case of flash floods due to heavy rains.
Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur regarding the natural calamity caused by heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh. Taking stock of the situation, the Home Minister immediately dispatched NDRF teams for relief work. He said that the Home Ministry is continuously monitoring the situation on the cloudburst incident in Dharamsala. Himachal will be given all possible help from the Centre.
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