Entire village in Shimla’s Rohru engulfed by massive fire, hundreds left homeless in chilling winters
SHIMLA- Amid bad weather, heavy snowfall, and sub-zero temperature, Tangnu (तांगनू) village in sub-division Chirgaon of district Shimla was engulfed by devastating fire that started at about 11:00 on Saturday night (Jan 1, 2017). As per reports, about 56-59 houses out of total 68-70 houses owned by approximately 50 families turned to ashes with all belongings including cash, valuables, stored food and livestock. Approximately 216 villagers have been rendered homeless. Now, chilling winters have posed a difficult challenge for the homeless people.
The Deputy Commissioner of district Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur, told Himachal Watcher that these people have been provided temporary shelter at government senior secondary school Tangnu , while some families are offered shelter by residents of neighboring villages, Chantwari, Thaitwari.
The reason behind fire- breakout is believed to be short-circuit in one of the houses. As village homes are mostly made from wood and stores large stocks of dry fodder, the fire spread like a virus to rest of the buildings. The fire-brigade was informed but it took over two hour to cover a distance 41 kms from Rohru. By the time fire-brigade approached, the village had vanished in smoke. Despite their best efforts, the villagers couldn’t save their homes and watched them burning with wet eyes. The estimated loss has been assessed to be in crores.
The DC further said that the broken-heart and homeless villagers were provided an immediate relief of Rs. 40,000 along with tents, blankets, bedding, quilt, LPG cylinders, stoves etc. The administration assured payment of rest of the relief money to affected villagers soon.
Along with people from other villages, some volunteers are also assisting in relief work, he said. Further, he has requested organizations, volunteers, and individuals to come ahead to provide assistance to affected people in building new shelters.
The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also assured delivery of all possible assistance to devastated families.
It is noticeable that between 2014 and 2016, several major incidents of fire breakout have been reported that engulfed entire villages, leaving large number of people homeless.