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Heavy rains in Palampur and adjoining areas result in damaged roads and uprooted IPH water supply lines

Palampur and its adjoining areas Baijnath, Paprola, Maranda and Rajpur were lashed by heavy rain this morning. Normal life was totally  disrupted as vehicular traffic was hit on several roads. Many parts of the region are having to battle a water crisis as a result of damaged water supply linesdue to the torrential rain. All rivers and streams of the region are in spate. It is the state Public Works Department that has suffered the maximum damage to its roads in Palampur, Jaisinghpur and Baijnath divisions. Several culverts and bridges and retaining walls, have either developed cracks or have been washed away. Likewise, the state IPH Department has also suffered loss to its water supply schemes. A visit to the rain-hit areas of Palampur town reveals major cracks on the Palampur-Dharamsala highway near Plaza market following heavy flow of water onto the road. In Tikka Nihang flood water entered an Art Gallery resulting in heavy damage to collections  in the  gallery. A landslide was also reported near Bagora damaging the Palampur-Dharmsala highway. SDM Palampur Balwan Chand, who reviewed the situation arising after heavy rains, said no loss of life had been reported from any part of the region. He said he had already constituted four crises management teams to deal with the situation. These teams had been kept as standby to handle any mishap, if reported. Helpline phone numbers have been given to public. The numbers are functional round the clock.

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