Monsoon fury renders loss of 289 lives & Rs 634 Cr to property


    The South West Monsoon fury rendered massive loss of life and property in the State with rising of the death toll of 289 and rendering loss of Rs 634.87 Crore in the State. This was informed by the State Chief Secretary V C Pharka in the state disaster management authority meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today.


    He said during the current monsoon 289 people lost their lives out of which 68 died due to natural calamities and 221 due to accidents. The rain incurred worth Rs. 634.87 crore losses to State and private property up to 30th August, 2017. To compensate the loss and balm the natural suffering, the State has released Rs. 193.23 crore (Rs. 63.23 crore by NDRF and Rs. 130 crores by SDRF) till the end of last month to Deputy Commissioners and other departments.


    The Chief minister told the officers that black spots on roads throughout the State should be identified to avoid accidents thus saving many precious lives and the crash barriers may be erected on such places. He said that inquiry report on Dharampur bus stand of Mandi district in which huge losses occurred due to natural calamities should be given due consideration so that such incidents could not take place in future.


    The proper preparedness, planning and coordination amongst line departments should be made so that rehabilitation of affected persons could be done during natural calamities adding that the recent Kotrupi incident witnessed coordinated efforts of all the departments as well as local people also, Mr. Singh added.

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