Eighteen persons died while several roads including 13 National Highways were blocked owing to heavy rains in the last 24 hours in Himachal Pradesh, resulting in heavy damages to roads, buildings and water supply schemes.

The torrential rains had resulted in landslides, flash floods and falling of trees across the state causing heavy damage to life and property. 

The administration of Kullu, Shimla and Sirmaur districts has declared holiday on 19 August owing to widespread damage to roads and landslides.

As per the report of State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), as many as eight persons had died in Shimla district alone while two persons each have lost their lives in Chamba, Kullu, Sirmour and Solan districts.

Besides this, one person each lost their lives in Bilaspur and Lahaul and Spiti districts due to heavy rains during the last 24 hours. In Shimla district, three persons, including two teenage girls, died after their house collapsed in a landslide near Regional Transport Office (RTO) building in Shimla on Sunday morning.

Diya (18) and Vishaka (15), along with their father Haridas, were pulled out of the debris and were rushed to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) where they succumbed to the injuries while another person suffered injuries in the incident.

One labourer died in Sanjauli while six others suffered injuries after boulders on the house in which they were residing fell on them. A driver, Ajinder Singh from Zirakpur, Punjab, was killed in Hatkoti in Shimla district after boulders fell on his vehicle while two labourers died in Narkanda and five others suffered injuries after a tree fell on their makeshift house.

In Chamba district, a 70-year-old man and his grand-daughter were killed when a wall of their house collapsed. In Solan district, Vicky, an employee of Dabur India was killed when a wall collapsed on him at Baddi in Solan district.

In Kullu district, a 22-year-old tourist from Telangana, identified as Raghav was killed after being hit by a boulder when he was returning from a trek to Khir-Ganga. In Jibhi area, one person identified as Chunni Lal was swept away in a swollen rivulet and is feared dead.

Besides this, 13 NHs along with 670 other roads have been closed owing to landslides which had stopped the movement of traffic in many districts of the state.

The worst affected districts were Shimla, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Sirmaur, Bilaspur and Lahaul Spiti districts where 1472 persons were stranded out of which 534 persons have been rescued by authorities.

Around 900 persons, mostly tourists, were stranded at Koksar in Lahaul Spiti district owing to snowfall, a phenomenon that had been recorded for the first time after decades.

Around 224 water supply schemes too have been affected by heavy rains resulting in flooding in almost all the rivers and nullahs in the hill state. The SDMA had pegged damages due to heavy rains in the last 24 hours at over Rs 300 crore and the authorities were trying to clear roads and rescue stranded persons.

Himachal witnessed extremely heavy rainfall of the season on Sunday, besides this, 3.0 cm snowfall occurred in Keylong of Lahaul Spiti district.

State Meteorological Department director Manmohan Singh said Naina Devi of Bilaspur district received 360.0 mm rain, which is the highest in the state followed by Jhandutta in Bilaspur district where 268.0 mm of rain was recorded. Bilaspur received 196.4 mm rain, Una 179.3 mm, Shimla 153, Sundernagar 140.8 mm, Hamirpur 130.0 mm, Mandi 109.2 mm, Dalhousie 84.0 mm and Dharamshala 75 mm.