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Monday, August 20, 2012

Heavy rains trigger landslides in Himachal Pradesh, India

Shimla: Several parts of Himachal Pradesh experienced heavy rainfall during the past 24 hours, triggering landslides at various places and disrupting vehicular traffic in the state.

The Kullu-Manali-Rohtang highway was blocked for several hours due to landslides while hundreds of tourists remained stranded in tribal Kaza area as landslide blocked the roads linking the tribal valley from other parts of the state.

However, all the roads in tribal areas and also the national highways were opened later.

"The traffic which was suspended since last night due to landslides was cleared this afternoon," Rakesh Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kaza said.

Meanwhile, the traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway which remained suspended for several hours due to massive landslide near Mandi town was resumed this evening after clearing the debris from the road.

"The highway was closed due to massive landslides triggered by incessant rain in the region for the past two days," a police official said. Read More