Naresh K Thakur is a staff reporter in Hindustan Times’ Himachal bureau. Based at Dharamshala, he covers Tibetan affairs, local politics and environmental issues.
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Some locals had reported spotting him flying over Kareri village, a remote hamlet in the foothills of Dhauladhar, about 25 km northwest of Dharamshala, towards Khari Behi
The average temperatures were down by up to five notches in certain parts in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh
An eerie silence hangs over the village overlooking Dharamshala as the few left behind are also readying to return
According to the Monsoon Report 2023 of Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Shimla Centre, monsoon arrived in most parts of Himachal on June 24, 2023. The earliest onset of monsoon in over a decade was on June 9, 2000, and the most delayed arrival on July 5, 2010. The rain surplus was 19% in June and a record 75% in July whereas August and September were 4% and 42% rain deficit, respectively.
Meteorological dept forecasts heavy to very heavy rain in pockets of Chamba, Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Kullu, Mandi, Solan and Sirmaur districts over next three days; monsoon likely to withdraw from state after September 24
The commencing of the Manimahesh pilgrimage to the glacier-fed Manimahesh Lake, located at a height of 13,500 feet in Budhil valley of Pir-Panjal range, coincides with Janmashtami, the festival celebrating Lord Krishna’s birth
This July was the second-wettest since 1980, receiving 437.5 mm rain against the normal of 255.9mm, a 71% surplus from usual
The state government had sought IAF’s help in carrying ration and medicines to the people stranded in remote villages of Thunag and Bali Chowki sub-divisions after the road connectivity was severed due to landslides
Landslides and flash floods triggered by a cloudburst had cut off Kholanala and Shehnu Gouni villages in Bali Chowki sub division of Mandi district
Weather office has issued a yellow alert across the state today, while an orange alert has been sounded for Wednesday and Thursday
At least 80 people have died in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh, India. The state government has declared the damage caused by heavy rainfall as a state calamity. Rescue operations are ongoing and the estimated loss is ₹10,000 crore. The Indian Institute of Advance Studies in Shimla has also been affected by the heavy rains.
A joint rescue operation by the Indian Air Force and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is underway in Kangra to evacuate people stranded after excess water released from Pong Dam flooded downstream areas in Fatehpur and Indora sub divisions.
Out of these, 228 people were airlifted and 81 were rescued using boats; more than 30 people were rescued late on Wednesday
Pong Dam on the Beas received an all-time high inflow of 7.3 lakh cusecs of water on Monday, resulting in the level in the reservoir crossing the permissible limit of 1,390 feet following which the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) opened floodgates, inundating villages in Indora and Fatehpur sub divisions
At least 52 people were killed in landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh, while 13 are dead or missing in Uttarakhand. The torrential downpour destroyed buildings, washed away vehicles, and disrupted key road and rail links. The states were hit by floods and extreme rainfall in July as well. Major highways were blocked, and the historic Kalka-Shimla railway track was damaged. The devastating weather events serve as a reminder of the impact of the climate crisis and the need to protect the Himalayan ecosystem.
The Kiratpur-Nerchowk section of the Kiratpur-Manali four lane highway has been opened on a trial basis, while a formal inauguration will be held later
From the onset of monsoon on June 24 to July-end, natural disasters across Himachal claimed 190 lived and caused losses worth ₹5,691.79 crore
Apart from illegal mining, construction and deforestation, the recent destruction was due to debris dumping along river banks by builders and companies as they went about executing road widening, tunneling and hydel projects.
Addicted to online gaming, 32-year-old jawan says he was in debt so decided to leave skeletal remains in car before setting it ablaze in secluded area of Chamba; three weeks on, police catch him travelling from Bengaluru to Chennai in friend’s truck
While there were instances of locals extending help to those stranded in Manali in view of the flash floods, complaints of some shopkeepers charging exorbitant rates for daily-use items and lodging also came to fore
Central teams will arrive in Himachal to take stock of flood-affected areas on Tuesday. A team will visit Mandi, Kullu and Manali, while another will tour Shimla, Solan and Kinnaur districts to assess the damage. Both teams are expected to stay in the state till July 22
Nine vehicles swept away, house damaged and road connectivity snapped at Kayas village in Raison area of Kullu; livestock casualty due to unseasonal cold and snow in Spiti’s Pin Valley; school holidays extended
MeT warns of flash floods along watershed areas and other channels in rain-ravaged Kullu, Mandi, Shimla and Sirmaur
Weatherman forecasts heavy rainfall in Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Solan, Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Sirmaur districts till July 17
While rescue operations are on in full swing, the hill state of Himachal Pradesh continues to count loss of life and property caused by the devastating floods
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 01:09 AM IST
ByChetan Chauhan/ Gaurav Bisht/Naresh K Thakur, New Delhi/shimla/dharamshala
Experts said that the high impact of the rains was due to several factors such as proliferation of hydel projects, infrastructure development.
Caused by a morbillivirus, the common symptoms of the disease are diarrhoea and pneumonia affecting the lungs
Authored by his grandson Hirday Paul Singh, the book has 12 chapters, 32 colour plates and a treasure trove of information about Sobha Singh, which was previously unavailable in the public domain
Tourists recall ‘nightmare’ of being stranded for 22 hours in traffic jams on Mandi-Manali highway, accuse food joint owners en route of overcharging.
Heavy rains continue to lash state, triggering landslips in many areas; 83 roads, including two national highways, blocked