7 Feared Dead in Flash Floods in Himachal Caused by Heavy Rain

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Seven people were allegedly presumed dead in separate events Wednesday in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh as a result of torrential rains and flash floods, according to officials.

Additionally, more than 25 personnel at the nearby Malana power project were rescued from a flash flood-damaged building. According to them, flash floods caused by a cloud burst are suspected of having carried away at least four people as well as the bridge over the Parvati River in Manikaran in the district.

In addition, three persons are feared to have perished during severe rains in various locations throughout the Kullu district. Four to six people are still missing, according to Sudesh Mokhta, director of state disaster management, after a cloudburst struck Chojh village in Challal panchayat of Kullu district at around six in the morning. According to Kullu Superintendent of Police Gurdev Sharma, the bridge over the Parvati River was also damaged by the Chojh cloudburst.

Residents of the adjacent communities have been placed on high alert as the floodgates of the Larje and Pandoh dams have been opened. Rescue and relief operations are ongoing.