Dist admin estimates loss of property worth Rs 60cr in floods

  • Roop Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2014 21:58 IST

The district administration estimated the loss of property due to the recent floods to be more than Rs 66 crore on the basis of preliminary reports. Dharmpur and Balh segments are reported to have faced maximum loss of government and private properties, live stock, agriculture crops, fields, roads and bridges due to the floods caused by torrential rains, which created havoc in the whole district for the last three days.

Two people were killed in a land slide near Largee Power Project tunnel in Thalout area when big boulders rolled down and fell on a jeep containing the victims. The deceased have been identified as Devi Singh, a resident of Jogindernagar, and Yashpal, a resident of Khauli Gadagushaini in Balichowki sub tehsil in Mandi district.Sources said it took hours for the police and residents to recover the bodies buried under the debris.

More than 200 houses, cowsheds, agricultural lands, a number of small bridges and roads were washed away in Dharmpur block area due to landslides and soil erosion.

More than 50 houses were partially damaged due to the swelling of Suketi sub river water in Ram Nagar area of Mandi town. The incident led to loss worth Rs 50 lakh, sources said.

On Friday night, a house and a few bridges were washed away in the torrential rains in Baggi area of Drang segment. Loss of property was reported. However, there was no loss of life.

A number of houses in the surrounding areas of Pandoh have developed cracks due to the recent landslides and continuous showers.

It is reported that a majority of the rural areas in the district are facing drinking water and electricity shortage as a number of electrical poles were either washed away or damaged in the floods.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting was called by deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam. He issued necessary guidelines to various departments for carrying out rescue and relief operations immediately. The district administration estimated the loss more than Rs.66 crores on the basis of preliminary reports.

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