Authortiries decided to postpone the Kinner Kailash Yatra as massive flash floods blocked roads and damaged houses, crops, and vehicles in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla and Kinnaur districts on Thursday.
Kinner-Kailash Yatra Postponed
According to Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tarul S Raveesh, the flash floods and cloudburst in Kinnaur damaged 27 vehicles and inundated agricultural land in Kamru Panchayat in the Sangla valley on Thursday.
Due to the inclement weather, the Kinner Kailash Yatra, which usually starts from Kalpa on August 1 has been tentatively postponed to August 15, Raveesh said.
The Yatra culminates at the Kinner Kailash peak located at a height of 6,050 metres in Kinnaur district.
Current situation in Himachal
In light of the current situation, all the schools in the Nichar subdivision and Sangla tehsil have been closed for three days.
Authortiries have issued high alert in the district till July 25 and all the residents have been advised to remain alert and stay indoors.
The road near the Rungnu nullah in Kinnaur that was closed following floods has been partially restored for one-way traffic, the DC said.
Since the monsoon's onset in the state, the Kinnaur district has suffered losses of Rs 88.95 crore so far this monsoon.
The local meteorological office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rains at isolated places till July 24. It also cautioned of low to moderate flash flood risk in Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla and Sirmaur districts.
Light to heavy rains lashed parts of Himachal Pradesh, and Narkanda received 88 mm of rain, Shillaro (Shimla) 86 mm, Karsog 38.5 mm, Bharmour 38 mm, Sarahan 35 mm and Jubbarhatti 34 mm.