Monsoon toll rises to 28 in Himachal


Himachal Pradesh has massive loss due to rainfall fury as it has taken toll of about 28 lives, hundreds of cattle and also caused revenue loss of Rs. 567.32 crores to the State and private property, the State Government officials said today.

The rain related casualties were pilling in the State as many people were washed down by the flash floods hit by the boulders and buried under the collapsed house debris and retaining walls etc. The worst road conditions also lead to number of road accidents and many apple laden vehicles have been plugged down causing loss of income, lives and property.

The figures were revealed during the meeting convened by the Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh to access the Monsoon related losses. Roads and bridges suffered the maximum damage which was pegged around Rs. 396 crores. Mr. Singh stressed the need to provide adequate funds immediately to those who had suffered losses besides restoring village link roads and bridges.

The Chief Minister directed the Public Works Department to find out a permanent solution to the frequent landslides near Hanogi temple in Mandi district on the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway-21 which disrupts traffic for hours. The Additional Chief Secretary Narinder Chauhan said 166 damaged roads have been restored and three bridges were washed away.

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