Bhakra Dam filled to Capacity, Heavy Rain in H.P

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the government has released Rs 15 crore to different departments for undertaking restoration work. Heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh has caused an estimated loss of Rs 20 crore to both public and private property in the last two days, with the overall losses since July 1 mounting to Rs 574 crore. A total of 25 people have died and two were reported missing in the state in rain-related incidents. It has been decided to release more water from the Bhakra Dam which is filled to capacitSeveral roads in the state continued to remain shut due to landslides triggered by heavy rain in the past two days. More than 300 vehicles, carrying tourists and locals, have been stuck since Sunday between Keylong and the Rohtang Pass and work was on to clear the landslide debris.As per data with the state government, 22 pucca houses and 124 kaccha houses were fully damaged, while 107 pucca houses and 350 kaccha houses were partially damaged. Around 396 cow sheds and five cremation grounds were also damaged.some places in Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba districts in the hill state received the first snowfall of the season. Chamba-Pangi road was blocked due to fresh snowfall. “Generally snowfall does not take place in these areas in the month of August,’’ said a meteorological department official