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Rain claimed 50 lives in state: CM

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, August 21, 2013
First Published: 18:48 IST(21/8/2013) | Last Updated: 18:50 IST(21/8/2013)

Amid commotion, chief minister Virbhadra Singh apprised the Vidhan Sabha that so far 50 persons across the state have died in devastation caused by rain and the total loss of both private and government property has been pegged at Rs. 2,892 crore.

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Unable to fully read the text owing to constant sloganeering by BJP MLAs, Singh tabled his statement in the House.

“The state received 576% to 1358% rain above normal during June 15 to 17,” he said, adding that Kinnaur and Sirmaur districts were the worst-hit by heavy rain and Kinnaur district also received untimely snowfall.

Elaborating, he said, “In Kinnaur district, 23 deaths were reported, seven in Shimla district, four in Kangra, five in Sirmaur, six in Mandi, three in Kullu, one each in Hamirpur and Chamba.”

Singh said 24,142 animals, including sheep, goat, cattle and mules, had perished. Besides 5,287 housing structures, including pucca and kutcha houses, cowsheds, labour sheds and shops, have been fully or partially damaged in various parts of the state due to excessive rainfall.

“The overall loss of the public and private property is estimated to be Rs. 200 crore,” said Singh.

He said a total of 4,377 roads were damaged and the loss on this account was assessed as Rs. 1,221.45 crore. “The entire stretch of the national highway from  Wangtoo to Sumdo has been washed away at various places,” Singh added.

Heavy rain damaged irrigation and public health schemes, electricity infrastructure and horticulture, agriculture and community assets across the state. “Total loss on this account was assessed at Rs. 1,403.28 crore,” said Singh.

He said the damage to fruits and crops had been extensive across the state. The total loss to fruit and vegetable crops had been assessed at Rs. 302 crore. The total area affected was 81,458 hectares.

Besides, permanent damage to 3,500-hectare horticultural land valued at Rs. 4.52 crore has been reported. “Total cumulative losses suffered by the state have been estimated at Rs. 2,892 crore,” said the chief minister.

Underlining the measures taken by the state government, Singh said Rs. 129.24 crore were released to various departments and offices of deputy commissioners to carry out relief and restoration work.

He added that a detailed report on losses had been submitted to the union government seeking liberal monetary assistance from the National Disaster Response Funds (NDRF).

He said rescue operations for stranded persons in Kinnaur district and Kaza area of Lahaul and Spiti district were undertaken and 1,893 persons were evacuated.

“A team of the union government visited the rain-ravaged areas of the state to assess losses from July 23 to 25,” he added.

He said the state had received the first installment of Rs. 68 crore of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) from the Centre, said Singh.


 


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