Following a forecast of ‘heavy to very heavy rain’ in parts of Himachal Pradesh, the state government ordered closure of educational institutions in Mandi and Kangra districts on Friday.

Announcing the decision, Kangra Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar said all medical institutions would, however, remain open.

He urged the public to stay away from rivers and nullahs, and said people could call on the emergency service number 1077, if needed.

Earlier on August 13, at least 19 people were killed in the state in flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains.

Dharamshala receives 292mm rain in a day, highest in 60 years

Meanwhile, for the first time in over 60 years, Dharamshala, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, on Friday recorded the highest precipitation on a single day in a month, an official said here.

In the last 24 hours, Dharamshala in Kangra district recorded 292.4 mm of rain and this was the highest ever precipitation in the town in August, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director Manmohan Singh told IANS.

He said the last time the highest single-day precipitation in Dharamshala of 316.4 mm was recorded on August 6, 1958.

According to him, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was recorded at many places in Kangra and at a few places in Mandi district. The rainfall was widespread in the state.

Jogindernagar in Mandi recorded 127 mm rain, while it was 98 mm in Palampur, 96 mm in Baijnath and 15.6 mm in picturesque tourist resort Manali.

The state capital saw no rain. It recorded a low of 17 degrees Celsius.

The weather bureau has forecast heavy rain at isolated places in the state till Sunday.

(With inputs from IANS)