Flash floods triggered by heavy rains hit Himachal; 1 killed, 10 missing (Eds:Updates) 11 '
At least one person was killed while 10 have gone missing as flash floods triggered by incessant rains lashed Himachal Pradesh, a senior disaster management official said on Wednesday.
State disaster management director Sudesh Kumar Mokhta said that one person was killed and nine went missing in flash floods triggered by a cloudburst in the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti while another man was reported missing from the Chamba district.
The state police and the ITBP teams were dispatched for searching the missing people but a heavy flow of water hampered the search operation on Tuesday night, the official said.
He said that the search operation resumed on Wednesday morning.
A search operation is being carried out by the police and fire brigade teams.
Meanwhile, heavy rains continue to lash various parts of the state with the Shimla meteorological centre issuing a red weather warning.
According to the Darcha police check-post, the water level in the river increased considerably due to the heavy rainfall, damaging three shops near the river bank.
People living near low-lying areas have been safely evacuated by the police, the official added.
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