10 dead in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh

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Dharamsala (HP), Jul 14 (PTI) Eight bodies were recovered in Boh valley following a landslide triggered by heavy rains which altogether claimed 10 lives in Kangra district, police said on Wednesday.

According to the police, a Punjabi singer died after he fell into a nullah.

Manmeet Singh, a resident of Amritsar, had gone to Kareri lake with his friends. His body was recovered from Salli by a police team on Tuesday night.

Kangra Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal Jindal said eight people have died and three others are reported missing after a landslide hit Boh valley on Monday.

One death was reported on Monday, four bodies were recovered on Tuesday night and three bodies were recovered on Wednesday, Jindal said.

'Due to landslides and heavy rains in Kangra district, 141 people were stranded at different places and they have been successfully rescued. Ten people have died in this disaster in different parts of the district,' he said.

The deputy commissioner said a search team is working to trace a 55-year-old person who was swept away in flash floods on Monday morning in Sameerpur, while the third search operation is underway in Laam Dal Lake, where around five people are reported missing.

The police said an 11-year-old girl died after she slipped into a drain.

During his visit to Boh valley on Tuesday, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had said that the state government would provide new houses to those whose houses were destroyed in flash floods or landslides.

He said eight houses were completely destroyed in the flash floods and the landslide. PTI CORR SNE AAR AAR AAR

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