'I pray for those affected', says PM Modi after flash floods in Himachal Pradesh

I pray for the safety of those in affected areas, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi today after news broke of cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh which triggered a flash flood in the region causing damage to properties in the state.

"The situation in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rains is being closely monitored. Authorities are working with the State Government. All possible support is being extended. I pray for the safety of those in affected areas", PM Modi tweeted.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur expressed gratitude towards the PM for his cooperation in such difficult times. He said, "Gratitude on behalf of all people of the state for cooperation being provided by PM to Himachal Pradesh in this difficult moment. It's a matter of relief for people of state to get the support of PM in natural calamity caused by heavy rains in Himachal".

Visuals of the area showed heavy waterlogging with water gushing rapidly through the parked vehicles and water entering hotels.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur regarding the natural calamity occurring following heavy rains. "NDRF teams are reaching there soon for relief work. The Ministry of Home Affairs is continuously monitoring the situation," Shah tweeted

CM Jairam Thakur thanked the Home Minister for rushing NDRF teams to the flood affected state. He said, "Heartfelt thanks to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on behalf of people of the state for sending teams of NDRF for relief work & dealing with natural calamities in the state. Our govt is also doing everything possible to deal with this situation".

Locals shared video of the flash floods where a small drain took the form of a river after waterlogging and flash floods in the area. The flash floods occurred after cloudburst were reported in the area on Monday that led to incessant rains. Authorities have put the area on alert after flood like area in the district. The authorities are on alert and the state administration is continuously keeping a track of the floods.

Heavy rain also lashed Kangra district, 58 km from Dharamshala and hotels in the area have reported heavy damage. Besides Kangra, several other districts in Himachal Pradesh have also witnessed heavy rain after days of hot weather.

The IMD had predicted that monsoon is expected to cover these parts by June — a little less than a month back, but its predictions are yet to come true. The IMD said heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, the Gujarat region, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Telangana, coastal and south interior Karnataka, Kerala and Mahe and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

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