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Watch: Massive landslide in Manali, National Highway blocked

The vehicular traffic on the road came to a halt and hundreds of vehicles were stranded on either side of the blockades.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Updated: December 7, 2015 6:34 pm
landslide, manali landslide, himachal landslide, manali roads, manali rods clocked, manali national highway, manali highway, manali highway blocked The landslide covered an area of 150 mts length of the road and huge mound of earth and rocks fell in river Beas. (Source: Youtube/NDTV)

The Kiratpur-Manali National Highway was on Monday blocked due to a massive landslide near Hanogi in Mandi district of Himachal, about 180 Km from here. The vehicular traffic on the road came to a halt and hundreds of vehicles were stranded on either side of the blockades.

Watch Video of Manali landslide

The district administration diverted the traffic via Bajaura-Kotla road.

Additional District Magistrate Mandi Vivek Chandel said the Public Works Department (PWD) has pressed its teams into action to clear the blockade by deploying heavy machinery and JCBs.

“Some breakthrough was made around this evening and some of the light vehicles were allowed to cross the damaged road portion but shooting stone from the mountain compelled the authorities to stop movement of the vehicles as this posed a grave risks to the lives of the passengers”, he told the Indian Express over phone.

“Huge boulders suddenly started rolling down and within minutes the entire hill-lock came down sliding but fortunately no vehicle was crossing the road at that point of time and as such there was no loss of human life,” said state Public Works Department (PWD)officials.

Deputy Commissioner, Kullu Rakesh Kanwar, said there was no report of any human and property loss due to the landslide, which was triggered by falling stones and old cracks in the loose strata of the mountain between Hanogi and Dwada on the banks of river Beas.

The location where the landslide took place was only few meters away from the place where 24 engineering students were washed away in the flash flood last year.

The cause of landslide could not be ascertained as there were neither rains nor any hill cutting activity on the road and a technical team is visiting the spot to know the exact cause of the landslide.

The landslide covered an area of 150 mts length of the road and huge mound of earth and rocks fell in river Beas, Superintending Engineer, Nag said.

Four JCB and heavy earth moving machineries have been deployed to clear the blockade but normal traffic was unlikely to be resumed today.

“We may be able to clear the roads for light vehicles by the evening but it may cause risk as boulders are still rolling down”, he added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. K
    kushal kumar
    Dec 8, 2015 at 1:41 am
    The news report of mive landslide on 6 December 2015 blocking traffic on NH21 at Dawara of Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh is yet another instance proving accuracy of this Vedic astrology writer’s alert predictions in master article – “Months of substantial concern for India in next year 2015”- published over a year past from now on 23rd October 2014 online at thesop. Briefly speaking , it was identified by this writer : “ Saturn would have tendency to affect national life aggressively , Nodes of the Moon would be active in Northern parts or Eastern parts of India , more so at such places whose name commences with first letter D or H. In this light , among others , Himachal Pradesh may like to take a hint for preparedness. Mive floods , landslides , earthquake could perhaps occur”. Months of November –December 2015 identified to be more grim by this writer as second spell of substantial concern are closely related to the happenings. Thus, mive landslide has occurred closely within identified period of November – December at a place in Dawara whose name begins with first letter “D” which is clearly within identified larger place Himachal Pradesh State. Further, Northern India including H.P. has been jolted by a mive earthquake more than once within this identified period , though fortunately no harm except terrifying people has been reported. It may be said that precautions were also suggested in power dams during November – December 2015 in the same article as accidents could likely occur. That has proved accurate in Kinnaur in November- December 2015. Having said all this , it may be observed here that these predictions of alert about likely scenario or a trend calling for precaution or preparedness have a potential of standing in good stead and do not amount to determinism. There is no cause to get worried or alarmed . Human beings have been gifted with unlimited potential of creativity – both positive and negative . That is precisely the reason the world is ever growing and expanding. So we are called upon to tap the positive potential of creativity while reading these likely trends.