Himachal Pradesh has experienced a devastating shower, with 74 deaths and 21 fatalities due to landslides in Shimla. The state emergency operation center reports two more deaths, falling from a height and drowning. The Indian Army and Air Force have performed rescue operations at Shimla landslip sites, rescuing 309 people from flood-affected areas. The monsoon season has caused 217 deaths in Himachal Pradesh, with losses exceeding 7,500 crore. The government is working to speed up the restoration process and reconstruction within a year. Schools in Shimla City have closed down, and 1,135 transformers, 285 water supply schemes, and 875 roads remain blocked.
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Himachal Pradesh: 74 dead after state gets battered by rain
After experiencing intense downpours for the previous three days, some areas experienced lighter showers. Since the beginning of the monsoon season on June 24, 217 people perished in accidents caused by rain in Himachal Pradesh.
Intense rainfall in Himachal
According to officials, 74 persons died in Himachal Pradesh because of the rain, and another body came to light among the wreckage of a Shiva temple on August 17. Twenty-one of these fatalities happened because of significant landslides in Shimla, including those that hit the Summer Hill Shiva temple, Fagli, and Krishnanagar. Eight people are still possibly buried beneath the temple wreckage, which raises concerns.
The State Emergency Operation Center Reports
The corpse of P. L. Sharma, the dean of the mathematics faculty at Himachal Pradesh University, came to light on August 16 in the Summer Hill landslip in Shimla, according to Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Kumar Gandhi, as quoted by PTI.
The state emergency operation center disclosed that two more rain-related deaths—one caused by a person falling from a height and the other by drowning gets reported in the Chamba district, bringing the four-day death toll to 74.
The Indian Army and Air Force performed rescue operations
At the Shimla landslip sites, efforts continue to get made. The Indian Army, Air Force, and other personnel rescued 309 people from flood-affected areas in Fatehpur in the Kangra district and Pong Dam in Indora. Over the last three days, 2,074 people seemed saved in total.
Over the last three days, some areas got lighter showers after experiencing heavy downpours. In Himachal Pradesh, rain-related accidents took the lives of 217 people since the monsoon season started on June 24.
HP CM visited flood-affected areas
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the chief minister, visited flood-affected areas to reassure locals of the government’s unwavering support. According to Principal Secretary (Revenue) Onkar Chand Sharma, the losses from the monsoon season exceeded 7,500 crore.
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s remark
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “It might take a year to rebuild the infrastructure, which suffered severe damage from the heavy rains,” according to PTI. He calculated most recent heavy rain phases caused about Rs. 10,000 crore. The government wants to speed up the restoration process and reconstruction within a year.
Shimla City’s schools closed down on Thursday due to the damage. The 1,135 transformers, 285 water supply schemes, and 875 roads remain blocked.