At least thirteen persons have lost their lives and five others are still missing in landslides and flash floods caused by incessant rain continuing for the past 24 hours in Mandi district.
Eight family members of panchayat pradhan Khem Singh in Kashan village under Gohar sub- division of the district perished under the slush of landslide and debris of his house on Friday night.
DC Mandi Arindam Chaudhary said, “We got information about the incident at about 3.30 am last night after which a rescue operation was started and National Disaster Rescue Team (NDRF) was deployed but unfortunately no one was found alive and all eight bodies have been recovered.”
In another incident in Sadoa village (Baagi) under Katuala panchayat six family members of Satar Mohammad went missing last night; bodies of two girls were recovered today and four others have not been found .”
Two bikers were killed after being hit by shooting boulders on Panarsa – Jwalapur road near Naun village. The victims have been identified as Ajay Kumar (28) of Kot village and Hem Raj (29) of Kohli village.
Lal Das (44) of Dungar village (Hanogi) was washed away in flash flood while sleeping in the house of his in-laws. His body has still not been recovered.
The rains have caused extensive damage in other parts of the state. Several houses, cowsheds, roads, water supply schemes and electricity poles and bridges have been damaged. Manali – Chandigarh national highway and Pathankot – Mandi NH remained blocked at several places due to landslides. Several other roads have been blocked .
Chaki Railway Bridge near Pathankot has also washed away due to flash flood.