Tribune News Service
Shimla, August 5
The supply of essential commodities to Shimla and upper areas was hit as the Shimla-Kalka National Highway was blocked near Jabli following a landslide triggered by rains. A large number of vehicles including apple-laden trucks and vehicles carrying daily commodities like milk, bread and newspapers were stranded.
“We remained stranded for about five hours from 2.30 am to 7 am and reached Shimla six hours late around 10.30 am,” said Anup, a newspaper vendor, adding that the road was partially opened for vehicular traffic after the JCBs cleared the road.
“Daily essential items were dropped late today due to the blockade. We got the commodities after 10 am,” said a shopkeeper in Bemloe.
Meanwhile, the state has suffered a loss of over Rs 333 crore due to heavy rains. Maximum damage has been caused to the Public Works Department which suffered a loss to the tune of Rs 253.8 crore followed by Irrigation and Public Health (Rs 79.47 crore), Electricity (Rs 2.8 crore) and Horticulture (Rs 49.03 lakh).
The state received 421.3 mm of rains against the normal rainfall of 464.9 mm, a deficit of 9 per cent, from June 1 to August 5. The local Met office has warned of heavy rain in low and middle hills from August 7 to 9 and predicted rain and thundershowers in low and middle hills and rains and snow in high hills till August 11.
Moderate to heavy rains continue to lash several parts of the state and Kasauli which received 172 mm of rain in the past 24 hours was wettest followed by Dharampur and Baijnath 120 mm each.
Rs 333-cr rain damage
- The state has suffered a loss of over Rs 333 crore due to heavy rains, maximum being borne by the Public Works Department (Rs 253.8 crore)
- The Irrigation and Public Health Department has suffered a loss of Rs 79.47 crore, Electricity (Rs 2.8 crore) and Horticulture (Rs 49.03 lakh)
More rain on way
- The local meteorological office has warned of heavy rain in low and middle hills from August 7 to 9
- Rain and thundershowers are expected in low and middle hills and snow in high hills till August 11
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