Heavy rains trigger flash floods in Himachal Pradesh

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The situation is grim in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rain.

An alert has been sounded in all districts of the state and rescue and relief operations are underway.

Flooding waters have swept away buses, trucks and even roads the Air Force has also had to press in its helicopters to pull people out of peril.

Tourist haven Kullu-Manali region is among the worst hit..Beas river is in spate threatening all the areas it flows thorugh..Several roads and highways have swept away by raging waters..People in hundreds are stuck in different parts of the state due to landslides and other obstructions.

Educational institutions have been directed to remain shut in the state’s 12 districts on Tuesday.

Children in large numbers got stuck due to heavy rains in Chamba district’s Holi 24X7 emergency centres have now been set up in in all districts of the state.

People in any sort of difficult situation due the weather can also call on helpline number 1070.

The bad weather is making rescue work difficult but all agencies concerned are on alert..Rerports of communication services getting disrupted have also been received from some upper reaches of the state..Cracks have appeared in the historic Victoria and Balu bridges in Chamba.