Manali-Leh highway remains closed for 2nd day; another flash flood damages 6 bridges in Lahaul-Spiti

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The Manali-Leh national highway was blocked due to landslides for the second day on Thursday, while a bridge was partially swept away on SH-26 after heavy rain triggered another flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Wednesday night.

Lahaul-Spiti deputy commissioner Neeraj Kumar said though no loss of life has been reported in the incident near Shansha village, traffic on the state highway was stalled as the bridge was damaged.

Seven people were killed and three are still missing after a cloudburst flooded the Tozing Nullah near Keylong on Tuesday night. The gushing waters had swept away a camp for labourers and two vehicles. The search for the missing is on.

The deputy commissioner said that the Border Roads Organisation and the district administration were working to clear the landslides on the Manali-Leh highway (NH-3), revealing an alternative route along the left bank of the Bhaga river via Tandi-Peukar, through which only commuters headed for Leh will be permitted to travel.

About 387 roads are blocked across the state due to the landslides triggered by heavy rain. Besides, 175 drinking water supply schemes have also been affected.

There are reports of flash floods at Hilutwan in Pangi and Gumma in Rohru sub division. Fields were washed away in Hilutwan, while four vehicles and a bridge were damaged in Gumma. No loss of life was reported.

Thirteen houses were damaged at Tarala village in Ani sub division of Kullu district after a mudslide. Ani SDM Kuldeep Singh Patial said that residents have been shifted to a relief camp set up at the local school.

Himachal Pradesh Police chief Sanjay Kundu has asked people to avoid unessential travel during the rain. The local meteorological department has issued an orange alert of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the middle hills and plains on Thursday and Friday. The inclement weather will persist till August 1.