Rain updates: Cloudburst in Himachal’s Solan claims seven lives, while vehicles buried under debris in Uttarakhand.

In the early hours of Monday morning, a devastating cloudburst struck Jadon village within the Kandaghat sub-division of Solan, Himachal Pradesh, resulting in a tragic loss of at least seven lives. Among the casualties, two houses and a cowshed were swept away by the force of the incident.

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Anticipating severe weather conditions, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued red alerts for multiple districts in Uttarakhand, along with forecasts of heavy rainfall in various parts of both Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

The IMD’s Uttarakhand division stated that within the next 24 hours, Dehradun, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Champawat, and Udham Singh Nagar could experience very heavy to extremely heavy rain, accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and intense precipitation.

Notable updates regarding the rainfall situation in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand include predictions by IMD Shimla that regions like Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una, Kinnaur, Lahaul, and Spiti were likely to receive substantial amounts of heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Expressing condolences and solidarity, Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, conveyed his sorrow for the loss of seven lives in the cloudburst incident, directing authorities to provide support to the affected families.

Tragedy struck further as the Dehradun Defence College’s building in Uttarakhand’s Maldevta collapsed due to incessant rainfall.

Himachal Pradesh witnessed significant rainfall within a 24-hour span, with areas like Kangra receiving 273 mm, Shapur (AWS) getting 231 mm, Mandi (AWS) recording 124.5 mm, Shimla (AWS) receiving 108.5 mm, Mandi receiving 138 mm, and Sundernagar experiencing 168 mm of rainfall.

Uttarakhand remained at the center of concerns as a red alert was declared for six districts. The state grappled with waterlogging, landslides, and road closures, including the Shimla-Chandigarh road that was temporarily inaccessible for buses and trucks.

The impact of the relentless rainfall in Uttarakhand escalated with the official toll of rain-related deaths reaching 52, and 37 people sustaining injuries. This was compounded by landslides and flash floods affecting various regions.

Chamoli district in Uttarakhand witnessed an alarming situation as several vehicles were buried beneath debris cascading down from a hill along the Badrinath highway. No casualties were reported at the time.

The disaster management department of Uttarakhand lamented the heavy toll this year’s monsoon had taken on the state, estimating damages amounting to around ₹650 crore.

In response to the calamitous situation, teams from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) were mobilized to the worst-affected areas. Additionally, two helicopters were put on standby to address emergencies in disaster-prone regions.

Balh Valley in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district continued to grapple with a flood-like scenario due to intense rainfall, leaving several tourists stranded. The Himachal Pradesh police issued an advisory, urging citizens to avoid unnecessary travel and to refrain from traveling at night, especially in areas prone to landslides and rockslides.

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