In the wake of the relentless monsoon rain fury, Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, announced on Friday that the widespread devastation caused by recent rains will be officially declared a “state disaster,” with an estimated damage worth Rs 10,000 crore. This declaration comes as the region grapples with the aftermath of the rain havoc that has tragically claimed the lives of 74 individuals so far.
The grim situation has prompted the state government to collaborate with national response teams such as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Army. With their concerted efforts, the state is working tirelessly day and night to restore normalcy and provide assistance to those affected by the calamity. “The government will try its best to help those who were affected by the rain – like those who lost their houses – to restore their normal life,” Chief Minister Sukhu stated, according to news agency PTI.
Amid the ongoing efforts, a recent controversy emerged regarding the Chief Minister’s remarks blaming construction workers from Bihar for the destruction in Shimla. Sukhu dismissed the controversy, urging those involved not to indulge in politics over such a sensitive issue.
In response to the devastation, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel pledged solidarity by announcing a financial aid of ₹11 crore to Himachal Pradesh. Baghel had a conversation with Chief Minister Sukhu, taking stock of the situation and expressing his commitment to supporting the northern state during these trying times.
The monsoon fury continues to unleash its wrath on Himachal Pradesh, resulting in flash floods and landslides. The death toll has risen to 74, with rescue operations still underway near the site of a temple collapse triggered by a landslide in Shimla. Chief Minister Sukhu visited the flood and rain-affected areas of the Mandi district, assessing the extent of the damage and the ongoing relief efforts.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts scattered rainfall in the coming days, with controlled rainfall anticipated in the state until August 25th. As Himachal Pradesh battles to regain stability amidst the natural calamity, the combined efforts of local authorities and national response teams remain crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of the affected communities.
Sources By Agencies