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Erratic monsoon rains in Himachal kill 20, cause Rs. 380 crores loss so far

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Manali National Highway landslide

Shimla – Triggered by heavy monsoon rains, landslides and flash-floods on the National and State Highways of Himachal Pradesh continue. On Wednesday morning, a huge boulder rolled-down the hill due to a landslide and hit a loaded poultry truck on Manali-Chandigarh National Highway (NH)-21.

Three passengers, who were transporting the supply to Manali, were injured. No causality was reported. However, the collision was so powerful that it had almost pushed the truck off the road but was prevented by another boulder on the edge of the road. Heavy rains continue to lash most parts of Himachal, leading to loss of lives and damage of property worth hundreds of crores.

The rain fall data from August 1 to 7 have received 55 per cent more rain than the common pattern. As per the government assessment, the overall rainfall is deficient by minus 6 per cent but the pattern is very erratic and disastrous which has led to the loss of lives and property in the state.

Damage Assessment

During this monsoon season, so far, landslides, cloudbursts, flash floods etc. have killed over 20 persons including children. In terms of the livestock losses, so far, 124 animals including sheep, goats, cows, buffalos, and horses etc. have died.

Damage to road network including state roads, district roads and rural roads, besides bridges and culverts has been assessed to Rs. 291 crore. Water and irrigation schemes has also sustained a Rs. 80 crore loss. Similarly, three crore loss was reported to the electricity infrastructure. As per the government report, the total loss was assessed to be over Rs. 380 crores.

By August 8, more than 280 roads were damaged and blocked during last week, out of which 200 would be opened. About 740 schemes of IPH were also damaged. By August 8, 540 of these schemes were restored, claimed the government.

As per the Director Horticulture, the apple transportation is smooth and more than 19 lakh apple boxes were already sent to various markets from the state.

Rs. 64 crore had been released to Deputy Commissioners and stakeholders departments such as PWD, IPH, Electricity etc. for immediate restoration work and more funds would be provided on the need basis, said the government.

The losses could cross the current statistics as the Meteorological Department has warned of possible heavy rainfall in next five days with very heavy rains in isolated places.

The Health department has been directed to conduct a special drive for prevention of epidemics and water borne diseases and keep on reviewing any such incidence and take corrective measures immediately.

Directions were given to make response teams (QRT) operational in all the districts.

All hydel power project authorities have been asked to strictly ensure no release of water from reservoirs without prior warning. They have been asked to ensure proper dissemination of warning and alerts at least 24 hours before releasing of water from dams and reservoirs.

It is expected that the government departments will prepare and update the memorandum of losses and sent timely to the Central Government.

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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