Heavy rains have caused a cloud burst in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala and flash floods in Kangra district. Following the crisis in the state, Himachal Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has issued a statement and has urged tourists and residents to avoid going near high-risk areas like rivers, lakes and other water bodies.

Taking to his official Twitter account, CM said, “Serious damage has been reported due to heavy rainfall in the various regions of the state along with Kangra districts.” We have asked for a report on the same.” He added, "We have instructed all district officials to initiate rescue efforts and assist people affected by the natural disaster.”

In another tweet, he said, "In this severe weather, I urge all residents and tourists to be alert and avoid going near rivers, lakes, and other water bodies.”

Extending help to the Himachal Pradesh government Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “The situation in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rains is being closely monitored. Authorities are working with the state government. All possible support is being extended. I pray for the safety of those in affected areas.”

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Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken with State Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur about the current situation. NDRF team has been deployed for a rescue mission in the state, which is on its way.

He also took to Twitter and said, “the Centre will provide whatever assistance is necessary to assist Himachal Pradesh in overcoming the crisis.”

The cloudburst occurred in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala a day after the weather department issued an orange weather warning of heavy rainfall on July 12 and 13. Severe rainfall is expected in the Himachal region from July 12 to July 15. For July 14 and 15 weather department has issued a yellow alert.

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