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Officers involved in disaster management directed to speed up restoration work in Kinnaur

HT Correspondent  Shimla, June 25, 2013
First Published: 20:43 IST(25/6/2013) | Last Updated: 20:44 IST(25/6/2013)

In a meeting chaired by additional chief secretary (revenue) P Mitra here on Tuesday, all officers involved in disaster management in Kinnaur were directed to speed up the restoration work in Kinnaur district.

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As many as 1,395 stranded tourists, including locals, were evacuated from rain-ravaged Kinnaur district till June 24.

He disclosed that according to information provided by Kinnaur deputy commissioner JM Pathania, 200 to 300 people were still awaiting evacuation, which includes locals who had gone to attend the functions of their kith and kin in different parts of the district.

Mitra said besides the helicopter of the state government, three helicopters of the Indian Air Force had been pressed into service for airlifting the stranded people.

On the directions issued by chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday to speed up relief and rehabilitation efforts, funds amounting to Rs. 28 crore have been released as an immediate relief measure.

Rs 21.5 crore had been released for Kinnaur district, Rs. 1.5 crore each district of Kullu, Mandi, Sirmaur and Chamba and Rs. 50 lakh for Lahaul and Spiti. Meanwhile, estimated losses were around Rs. 2,575 crore, he reported.

Furthermore, instructions have been issued to all deputy commissioners to provide immediate relief to all affected persons, he said.

Besides, all departments have been directed to activate their field machinery to provide succor to the people and provide detailed assessment of losses so that the government of India could be requested to sanction the funds immediately, he added.

He said nine horticulture extension officers had been airlifted to different parts of the district to assist the farmers in restoration of their damaged plants along with insecticides and pesticides.
The road between Akpa Bridge to Kiran-Khud and Sumdo-Kaza-Gramphoo axis has been restored.

According to the assessment of the Border Road Organisation (BRO), most of the sections of the roads would be restored in another one week. The stretch between Kashang and Akpa, which was badly damaged due to massive landslides, might approximately take a month to get restored.

Meanwhile, six truckloads of flour have been dispatched to Tapri and Peo and as per reports received from Kinnaur, stocks of essential commodities are available for more than a month.

He said 2,520 L of kerosene was airlifted to Sangla on June 23 and 24 and the remaining 2,480 L had been planned to be airlifted to Sangla Valley the moment weather clears.

Arrangements have been made to airlift the essential commodities to Sunnam Valley in Giabong soon.
He disclosed that strict instructions have been issued to BRO to utilise their resources and requisite helicopter support would be extended to them as and when required for transportation of their men and machinery, he said.

139 evacuated

On Tuesday, as many as 139 locals as well as tourists were airlifted from various parts of Kinnaur district. Three Indian Air Force choppers were pressed into service for evacuation. Those evacuated included 95 tourists and locals from Sangla, whereas 16 locals from Pooh, 18 from Giabong, nine from Reckong Peo and one patient from Hango.


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