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HP rains: 50 people rescued, bridge connecting Baddi-Pinjore washed away

In another rain-related incident, the Maranwala bridge in Baddi connecting the industrial Baddi area and Pinjaur collapsed on Friday following heavy flow of water in the Balad river due to recent rain

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Over 50 people were stranded in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district following a cloudburst and have been rescued by the NDRF, officials said on Friday.
The cloudburst took place in Shehnu Gouni village on Thursday and also triggered a landslide that blocked roads at many places.
A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) travelled 15 km on foot to rescue the stranded people, including 15 children, and shift them to safe places, the officials said.
In another rain-related incident, the Maranwala bridge in Baddi connecting the industrial Baddi area and Pinjaur collapsed on Friday following heavy flow of water in the Balad river due to recent rains.
No loss of life was reported in the incident, officials said.
"The Maranwala Bridge has been washed away and traffic has been diverted through Kalka-Kalujhanda-Barotiwala road," Superintendent of Police (SP), Baddi, Mohit Chawala told PTI.
"We have also written to the SP Mohali, SP Roopnagar (Punjab) and DCP Panchkula to stop entry of heavy vehicles from Chandigarh to Baddi via Siswan and Marranwala to Siswan during peak hours from 7:30 am to 10:20 am and 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Bridges in Baddi have been damaged due to rains and traffic is being regulated through alternate routes," he added.
Heavy rains in the state have led to closure of 709 roads.
So far 242 people have died in rain-related incidents since the onset of monsoon in the state on June 24 till August 24 and the Public Works Department (PWD) alone has suffered losses to the tune of Rs 2,829 crores.

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First Published: Aug 25 2023 | 7:01 PM IST

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