Heavy rains in the Indian region of Himachal Pradesh have claimed 18 lives and hundreds remained stranded across the state after incessant rainfall triggered landslides and snapped road links. Video footage from Kullu shows mudslides and flooding in the town.
Three persons were killed in Mandi district in landslide incidents, while a boy was washed away in the swollen Kaushalya River near Parwanoo in Solan district. According to reports five persons were buried under a landslide near Chakla village in Kandaghat in Solan district. One of them reportedly died. Rescue work is still on.
Several highways in the area have been partially or completely closed as a precaution. However, other national highways were blocked by landslides.
Movement of vehicles in Kinnaur district remained suspended since a large stretch of the Hindustan-Tibet Road has been under landslides at several points. Due to bad weather, all schools and educational institutes in the areas hit have been closed for the day, as a precautionary measure.