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SHIMLA, July 7 (Agencie): Heavy rains today lashed Himachal Pradesh, triggering landslides and leaving rivers in spate, with authorities sounding an alert for people living along the banks to move to safer places.

Mandi-Kullu, Mandi-Palampur and Mandi–Shimla highways were blocked for two to three hours due to landslides, while a bridge near Solang was washed away in rains.

A massive landslide changed the course of a swollen stream, flooding a hospital in Mandi where several vehicles parked in the hospital complex were buried under the debris.

All rivers and their tributaries were in spate following which an alert was sounded advising people living along the river banks to shift to safer places in view of flash flood threats due to rains in catchment areas.

The water level of Yamuna River was gradually rising, while Beas River was flowing swollen in lower Himachal.

Dharamsala received the maximum 160 mm of rainfall in the state, followed by Palampur 150, Paonta Sahib 141, Kangra 75 mm, Gaggal 73 and Mandi 60 mm.

Jogindernagar received 44 mm, Kasauli 41, Seobagh and Dharmpur 33, Sundernagar 27, Bhuntar and Solan 24, Nahan 21, Kandaghat 16, Bhamaur 13, and Una 10 mm of rainfall.

Monsoon remained active in most parts of the state during past 24 hours and local MeT office has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Sirmaur, Solan, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Una districts along with parts of Shimla, Mandi and Kangra during the next 48 hours.

News Updated at : Monday, July 8, 2013
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