Retd taxation officer dies in house collapse


By: ML Verma

Shimla/Nahan: An assistant excise and taxation officer was buried alive and a child injured as their house in Govindgarh area of Nahan town collapsed due to heavy rains this morning.

Sub-division officer Arun Kumar Sharma told HimVani that retired assistant excise and taxation officer Sumair Chand was buried alive while his seven-year-old grandson was dug out from debris in a serious condition and referred to PGI, Chandigarh from the district hospital, but due to disrupted roads he could not be carried to PGI so far.

The road communication with Sirmaur remained cut off from rest of the nation today as incessant rains lashed many parts of the district. Reports arriving form Nahan said that Nahan-Shimla, Nahan-Paonta, Nahan-Shillai and Nahan-Kala Amb and most of others link roads have been disrupted by massive landslides and flashflood after incessant rains.

Power and telephone supply in Sirmaur has been disrupted as many electric polls have fallen down in many places. Power supply to Nahan town also remained off since early morning. Paonta town received 203 mm rainfall, followed by Parched 156 mm, Nahan 155 mm, Renuka 147 mm, Sangrah 100 mm and Rajgarh 95 mm.

Berthin in Bilaspur had 76 mm, Kotkhai in Shimla 54 mm, Sujanpur Tira in Hamirpur 47 mm, Kausali in Solan and Dharampur in Mandi 43 mm each. The met office said that rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at few places in the plain and isolated places in middle and high hills in the next 24 hours.

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