Ever heard of your favourite rains claiming lives of people? In recent precipitation in various forms of rain, hailstorm and snowfalls at different places in Himachal Pradesh in a sudden outburst in the month of April has engulfed many lives of people and cattle. In many rain-related incidences that Himachal experienced, this month is the worst hit in terms of great amounts of loss of life and property.
Highlights of the Incident
- Heavy lightening and snowfall in higher hills of the State
- Shimla-Kalka National Highway yielding
- Slight sliding of hill at National Highway
- Severe hailstorm at Shimla Ridge
- Predicted snow and thunderstorms for next two days
Repercussions of the Precipitation
- Claimed 4 human lives
- 15 heads of cattle washed away
- 35 kaccha houses perished
- Rooftops of various buildings blown away
- Cow sheds severely damaged
- Accidental fall of a local resident
- Boards and hoardings blown off
- Antennas got twisted and disrupted
- Vehicles to use headlights during day time
- Major loss of life and property
Statistical Data released by Meteorological Department
Place and Snowfall / Rainfall
- Kalpa in Kinnaur 16 cm snow
- Chitkul 25 cm snow
- Rohtang & Chanse 15-30 cm snow
- Kunzam & Saach 15-30 cm snow
- Marhi,Keylong,Kolsar 8-10 cm snow
As far as rainfall is concerned, heavy amounts of it have been recorded. The heavy intensity could be proven from the fact that state has received 12.3mm of rains against 2.6mm of normal, which amounts to a whopping increase by 381% dropping the maximum temperatures by around 4.6 degrees while minimum range was around freezing point only.
Involvement of Authorities
The National Highway authority had to intervene owing to the disruption of traffic caused by the landslide that blocked Shimla-Kalka National Highway near ISBT. Catering to the scenario, the officials sprung into action to avoid further damage to the highway by the sliding of the land mass onto it. Routes were diverted to the old bus stand meanwhile.
Also, lightning that had struck Khadaan area, Rampur subdivision in Shimla claimed 2 lives leaving 8 injured. The incident even led to poor visibility during the daytime halting traffic and making drivers use headlights at day hours.
Nature has its own way of dealing with earthlings. On one hand providing relief from Summer’s onset heat for foothill population and on the other hand washing away life and property from upper hills of the same State. The irony of the situation is, Do we celebrate or moan the showers of Mother Nature on us???