A massive landslide occurred at Kamrau in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district has brought down 100-metre National Highway 707 near Barwas within seconds on Friday due to heavy rainfall in the region. However, no loss of life was reported.
A video shared by the State Disaster Management Authority captured the entire destruction of how mountain rolled downhill and it has gone viral soon. The Paonta Sahib-Shillai highway was closed for the traffic following the disaster in which locals are seen running away to save their lives.
Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu advised the motorists to travel with caution. "Though the rains have slowed, it is advisable to travel with caution. Stay alert, stay safe," he said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, nearly 150 people, comprising tourists, who were stranded in Udaipur in remote Lahaul-Spiti district for the past three days as roads closed for traffic after the landslides, were evacuated.
Rescuers constructed a temporary footbridge over a rivulet for their evacuation, Deputy Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told the media. Later, they were transported in public transport vehicles.
Kumar said traffic on the Manali-Leh highway and the Manali-Udaipur highway have been restored. On Wednesday, July 28, seven people were washed away in the flash flood in the Tozing rivulet in Udaipur subdivision, some 15 km from district headquarters Keylong, after a cloudburst.
Three people are still missing, and feared to have been killed. The government has issued an advisory for tourists and locals to refrain the high mountains and wandering near rivers and other places vulnerable to landslides.
(With inputs from IANS)