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HP government sounds flood threat in five districts of HP

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Shimla, Jul 6 (UNI) The Himachal Pradesh Government has sounded a flood threat in the districts of Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi and Bilaspur and advised people living close to Satluj river to move to higher areas, a senior state government official today said.

''The people living close to the river banks have been asked to move to higher areas and remain alert in view of the flood threat due to heavy rains or sudden spurt of water from the Pareechho River,'' PWD Principal Secretary Subhash Negi told reporters here.

He said the steps were precautionary in nature and an attempt to prevent any untoward loss to life and property due to flash floods, and added that the water level in the river was normal at this point of time and there was nothing to worry.

The warning would remain in force till September 15 when the glacial melting slows down due to a fall in the temperatures, he said.

Mr Negi said the Army, ITBP, Police and the respective district administrations have been asked to remain vigilant, while in Kinnaur district, which would be the most affected in case of flash floods, has been divided into 11 sectors for better administrative control.

Besides, the state government has installed in alarms and hooters to warn the local people if any increase was noticed in water levels in the river, he said.

The PWD Principal Secretary said the respective district administrations have also been advised to maintain sufficient supply of essential commodities and remain prepared for any eventuality.

They have also been told to prepare and maintain alternate routes in case of any emergency, he added.

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