First monsoon rains bring landslides in Himachal’s Shimla and Soran, vehicles buried in debris

More than 35 roads have also been closed following the heavy rains in Shimla and Solan.

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The first monsoon rain in Himachal Pradesh has caused havoc in Shimla and Solan. After heavy rain in Kunihar, Solan, the Gambhar bridge has again come under threat. Reports indicate that 6 vehicles were stuck in the debris near a school near Bhattakufar-ISBT bypass, Churat Nala and Dhalli tunnel in Shimla.

The vehicles were completely buried in the debris. More than 35 roads have also been closed following the heavy rains in Shimla and Solan, which the Public Works Department (PWD) department is busy restoring. After heavy rains, apart from the Kunihar-Nalagarh State Highway, half a dozen rural roads of the area have also been closed. Landslides have occurred at many places and debris has merged with the fast flowing water in the drains.

Between June 1 and June 26, Himachal Pradesh recieved 39.5 mm of rain as opposed to the typical 84.3 mm, a 53 percent shortfall. The state's twelve districts have all received insufficient rainfall thus far.

In 10 of the state's 12 districts, the Meteorological office (MeT) issued a "yellow" warning on Thursday, predicting heavy rain, thunderstorms, and lightning over the following four days, June 28 to July 1.

At the same time, monsoon is expected to enter Haryana today. Reportedly, there has also been waterlogging in Gurugram due to the rain. There is a long jam on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Due to waterlogging on the service road, all vehicles are passing through the highway only.