'No Travel’ advisory issued for Himachal Pradesh

'No Travel’ advisory issued for Himachal Pradesh

Met department has predicted very heavy rainfall on Tuesday

People try to retrieve vehicles from under the debris of a landslide following heavy rainfall in Shimla on Monday. (PTI Photo)

A "no travel" advisory has been issued by the Himachal Pradesh government in wake of the heavy monsoon rain in the hill state that left 16 people dead in the last 24 hours.

The Met department has predicted very heavy rainfall on Tuesday.

State capital and tourist hotspot Shimla on Monday received the second heaviest rainfall in the last 117 years. Tourists and others have been advised to put off their plans to travel to the hill state.

BJP national president Amit Shah who was scheduled to visit the hill state on Thursday, too, has cancelled his travel plans in the wake of the incremental weather.

Major routes, including the Chandigarh-Shimla and the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway, have been blocked due to landslides.

Commuters on the Chandigarh-Shimla route were stranded for nearly nine hours on Monday due to landslides.

Parts of the Unesco heritage track connecting Kalka and Shimla has been submerged under debris due to landslides at various places. Rail movement on the route has been suspended.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has estimated the loss at Rs 775 crore with over 925 damaged roads due to the heavy rain.

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