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SHIMLA, Aug. 14, 2023 (TBINN)

During the past 24 hours heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh triggered land-slides, blocking several roads, including the key Shimla-Chandigarh Road which was closed for buses and trucks.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, in view of the incessant rains, announced closure of all schools and colleges in the state till August 14, 2023, according to a statement issued.

Besides, in a rain-related incident, a conductor of a private bus was injured when a tree got uprooted and fell on the vehicle near I.S.B.T. in Shimla, officials informed.

A total of 621 roads, including a maximum of 236 in Mandi, 59 in Shimla and 40 in Bilaspur District are currently closed for vehicular traffic, according to the state Emergency Operation Centre.

Notably, a key stretch of Shimla-Kalka National Highway connecting Shimla and Chandigarh has been affected by recurring land-slides over the past two weeks, officials said.

Large number of heavy vehicles got stranded on both sides of the road at Chakki Mor near Koti in Solan as continuous sliding obstructed movement on the road. Light vehicles are being diverted through alternate routes, authorities informed.

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