Category Archives: Natural Calamities

46 stuck in Rohtang pass, Snow clearing operations are going on

SHIMLA: With a continuous spell of sub-zero temperatures at the 13,500-ft high Rohtang Pass, the Border Road Organisation’s (BRO) snow clearance operations to rescue more than 40 people stranded on the other side of the pass were hit yet again on Wednesday.

BRO officials have, however, said snow has been cleared in the area and the route will be opened for vehicular traffic on Thursday. “Braving extreme cold and snow, BRO has opened the Rohtang Pass. Keeping in view the safety of commuters only, oneway traffic will be allowed from Kellong to Manali on November 23. From November 24, one-way traffic will be allowed from Manali to Keylong,” 38 Border Road Task Force commander AK Awasthi told media persons.  Continue reading

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China plans a 1,000-km tunnel to divert water of river Brahmaputra

BEIJING: Top scientists backed by the ruling Communist Party of China are working on a plan to drain the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) river near the Indian border and divert the water through a 1,000-km tunnel, the world’s longest, to arid Xinjiang.

The Tsangpo flows into India through Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang before becoming the Brahmaputra in Assam — the source livelihood for millions in the country’s northeast.

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Landslide on Chandigarh-Shimla Highway

SHIMLA: At least six vehicles were buried in a landslide on the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway, besides damaging parts of a temple in Shimla, on Saturday.

Fortunately all of them were unoccupied and no loss of life was reported in the calamity. Continue reading

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Flood risk is on Punjab, as Beas and Sutlej River’s water level rise

TARNTARAN:  In the Mand area of the district, 10,000 acre crop has been submerged with the rise in the water level of the Beas and Sutlej rivers.

With heavy rain predicted in the coming days, high flood risk looms large over another 20,000 acres of agricultural land and houses in 62 villages in the area.

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PM Modi announces ₹2,000 cr relief fund for northeast

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a ₹2,000 crore relief and rehabilitation fund for five flood-affected states in the northeast. The announcement came during his day long trip to Guwahati Continue reading

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