CHANDIGARH: At least four persons were killed ,three of them belonging to the same family, as flashfloods wreacked havoc at Dharampur in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. Meanwhile, a sadhu was washed away in the gushing waters of swollen Son Khud.
The three were killed when boulders fell atop their house in Sakeraini village near Dharampur. The rescue workers are trying to retrieve the bodies of three missing people, including an aged couple.
The local bus stand at Dharampur was also damaged by the flash floods. Since Friday there has been heavy rainfall in the hill state.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has directed all the Deputy Commissioners, police, Home Guards and all departments concerned to remain vigilant in the wake of the heavy rainfall and incidents of recent landslides and flash floods in the state.
Terming the flash flood at Dharampur unfortunate, Virbhadra directed the district administration to undertake relief and rescue measures. Besides, he directed the officials to provide adequate compensation to the flood-hit.
According to the CM, he was greatly saddened by the massive damage to public property caused by the deluge.
He also directed the Mandi administration to warn the people against venturing into river beds, flooded rivulets or nullahs.
Meanwhile, heavy rain blocked the Manali-Kiratpur national highway at some places while the Dharampur-Harsipattan road was also damaged.