Cloudburst in Sangla valley, tourists stranded

Cloudburst in Sangla valley, tourists stranded
Tribune News Service

Sangla (Kinnaur), July 24
The Sangla valley was again cut-off by road when a cloudburst early this morning caused a flash flood in the Tong Tong Chee nullah, damaging the foundation of the Bailey bridge connecting this valley.

Many tourists, including foreign nationals, were stranded on the other side of the valley in Sangla, Raksham and Chitkul villages. However, the exact figures of the tourists stranded in the valley were not known immediately but the district administration has initiated efforts to locate them so that all possible help could be extended to them.

Earlier also on July 9 this year, the bridge was partially damaged by incessant rains and a cloudburst following which traffic was restricted to the valley. The bridge was restored for traffic last week after strengthening its foundation.

Dr Amandeep Garg, District Magistrate of Kinnaur, said it would take a few days to restore the vehicular traffic as there was a need to restructure the foundation abetments of the bridge.

Pedestrians were, however, allowed to pass through the bridge under strict observation of PWD engineer.

Meanwhile, there was no threat of flash floods in the Baspa rivulet, the main tributary of the Sutlej, in the Sangla valley, said another senior official of the district administration.

Tribune, July 25th

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