Unveiling the Cause Behind Devastating Floods and Landslides in Himachal Pradesh
Unveiling the Cause Behind Devastating Floods and Landslides in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh, a picturesque state in northern India, has been grappling with the aftermath of relentless rainfall and flash floods. The year 2023 has seen a tragic toll, with hundreds of lives lost and extensive property damage in the wake of these calamities. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that Himachal Pradesh is still witnessing a barrage of record-breaking rainfall.

The recent torrential downpours triggered flash floods in the Mandi region and landslides in Shimla, resulting in a staggering death toll exceeding 55 people. Buildings crumbled like fragile cards, roads were washed away, and numerous individuals have been reported as missing. The repercussions of the torrential rains aren't confined to Himachal alone, as neighboring states like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi NCR, and Haryana are also experiencing sporadic rainfall. Yet, what lies behind this unusual surge in rainfall in Himachal Pradesh?

The underlying cause of the ceaseless rainfall in Himachal Pradesh this year can be attributed to a weather phenomenon generating cyclonic disturbances across northern states, including parts of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the monsoon trough is currently positioned over northern India, leading to the ongoing precipitation in Himachal. The IMD explains, "The monsoon trough is aligned along the foothills of the Himalayas. It is anticipated to gradually shift southwards and align with its usual position by August 18."

There is a glimmer of hope as the monsoon trough is projected to pass over Himachal Pradesh on August 18, potentially offering respite from the relentless rains. However, this respite will be short-lived, as the trough is anticipated to reappear in northern states on August 20, triggering further rainfall. This monsoon trough is predicted to bring substantial rainfall to Himachal Pradesh over the next two days and to Uttarakhand over the ensuing five days. The National Capital Region (Delhi NCR) is also bracing for heavy rainfall during this period.

Meanwhile, the unfortunate disaster has also been influenced by human activities. The influx of tourists into Himachal Pradesh has significantly impacted the region's weather conditions. Additionally, the expansion of industries has destabilized land and roads, leading to landslides and the destruction of thoroughfares.

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