Bangalore: Himachal Pradesh witnessed the worst monsoon this year, killing 50 people and causing damages worth Rs 2892 crore. People were left stranded for their lives with properties destroyed. Kinnaur district with 23 deaths, was the highest in the region, reports TNN.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh stated that his state underwent a massive damage due to rainfall and landslides. According to him, 24,142 domestic animals, 5,287homes, cowsheds and shops were completely washed out.
"We experienced early monsoon this year. From June 15 to 17, incessant and heavy rains lashed various parts of the state, coupled with cloudbursts at several places. The state experienced unprecedented heavy rainfall, which was 576 percent to 1,358 percent above normal during these three days,” states Virbhadra Singh to TNN. Kinnaur also received snow along with the rain, affecting the daily lives of people. The affected are waiting for the government to come with rescue aid. 4,377 roads connecting all districts in the state are completely damaged and transport has been put on hold in the state. The main stretch of the national highway from Wangtu to Sumdo is said to be completely washed away.
Singh also stated, "During this calamity in the state, my government has done its best to provide immediate succor to affected regions and people. Funds to the tune of Rs 129.24 crore were released to various departments and the deputy commissioners to provide immediate relief and carry out restoration works. A detailed memorandum of losses seeking liberal financial support from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) has been submitted to the Centre and a central team for assessment of losses has already visited the state from July 23 to 25".
Countering Singh’s statement, opposition leader Prem Kumar Dhumal questioned over the ruling party’s capability in handling state. He also points that the state did not take immediate measures at the time of the floods and rain.