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One killed, nine feared washed away in flash floods in HP

Shimla, Jul 8: One person was killed while nine others were feared washed away in flash floods triggered by heavy rains at a village in Paonta Sahib area of Sirmaur District.Four vehicles, carrying members of

PTI Updated on: July 08, 2012 9:45 IST
one killed nine feared washed away in flash floods in hp
one killed nine feared washed away in flash floods in hp

Shimla, Jul 8: One person was killed while nine others were feared washed away in flash floods triggered by heavy rains at a village in Paonta Sahib area of Sirmaur District.






Four vehicles, carrying members of a marriage party, were trapped in the flash flood due to heavy rains at Haripur Khol village in Paonta Sahib, officials said.

The vehicles got trapped inside a khud, created by heavy rains in the region. Body of one of the victims was recovered while nine persons are still missing.

The victims were from different places, including some from adjoining Haryana, and had gathered at Nalkha village.  Services of divers have been requisitioned to fish out the bodies.

Chief Minister P K Dhumal has expressed grief over the incident and directed the district administration to rush to the spot with rescue teams and retrieve the bodies from the rubbles of flash floods.

He also directed officials to provide relief to the families of the victims of the flash floods.

Deputy Commissioner P S Chauhan and Superintendent of Police were camping at the spot along with medical and rescue teams to monitor the relief and rehabilitation works.

Water level in almost all the rivers and their tributaries in the state has increased.

Several parts of Himachal, including Shimla and Manali which recorded 13.6 mm and 13 mm of rains are experiencing intermittent heavy rains since last evening, triggering landslides in remote areas, reports reaching here said.
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