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Mandi tragedy: 46 bodies recovered, rescue op underway ( Pictures)

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The public is reacting against access tempering with fragile ecology of the region. People are criticizing access excavation of mountains for the widening of the roads. Unscientific cutting of hills on the name of development is literally paving way for the graves of people.

Mandi – The tragic incident of the landslide on the National Highway 154 in Mandi district has come as a shock to rest of the State as the news reports begun to appear on media, online news portals, and social media.

Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, Sandeep Kadam informed that 46 bodies were recovered so far. The rescue operation is underway and the death toll could rise. 

 

Some of them were identified as follows:

Mandi landslide death toll

DC Mandi

After extensive efforts, the rescue teams recovered the mangled chassis of the bus traveling on Manali-Katra (Jammu) route. However, the other bus traveling from Chamba to Manali was difficult to trace as it was completely buried beneath huge mounds of debris and rocks.

Mandi landslide rescue operation

DC Mandi

As per the fresh government reports, eight passengers were traveling in this bus. Out of eight, three were killed and five sustained injuries. The injured were rescued and admitted at the Zonal Hospital Mandi. Two of the injured have been discharged from the hospital.

As per the last reports received by the time of writing, second bus (Chamba-Manali) that also rolled down the gorge was completely buried but was traced after extensive efforts. Over 40 bodies were recovered from this bus. As per the district administration, the death toll could rise as about 47 passengers were traveling in this bus.

As per the district administration, the death toll could rise as about 47 passengers were traveling in this bus. The bus is buried beneath the debris for over 15 hours now.

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DC Mandi

The army, local police, National Disaster Relief Force, homegaurds and locals are tirelessly working to remove huge mound of mud and rocks. The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Transport Minister GS Bali, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma and Health Minister Kaul Singh also reached the spot.
virbhadra Singh in Mandi

HP CM announced the ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for next of kin of the deceased. The administration will also bear the entire expenditure of the treatment of the injured.

Last night (between 12 to 1 AM), two buses of the Himachal Pradesh Road Corporation, some other vehicles, and a few residential buildings were swept away by a massive landslide near Kotrupi of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. The buses were swept about one kilometer down a gorge. The mounds of debris were so huge that the administration was not sure about the number of missing people or missing vehicles.

Meanwhile, the public is reacting against access tempering with fragile ecology of the region. People are criticizing access excavation of mountains for the widening of the roads. Unscientific cutting of hills on the name of development is turning out to be a grave for humans.

Mandi landslide photos

Photo: Hindustan Times

himachal landslide photos

Photo: AP

 

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Himachal: 58 More Patients Succumb to Covid-19, Total Active Cases Reach 36,633

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Shimla-The death toll in Himachal Pradesh reached 2,369 on Monday after 58 patients of coronavirus succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection. According to official data released by the state government, 3,546 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the last 24-hours. This takes the total cases of infection in the state to 1,63,786 out of which 36,633 are active cases.

With 24 deaths, the Kangra district reported the highest number of casualties on Monday.  The district also reported the highest 1241 cases. The Solan district reported 10 fatalities in the last 24-hours.; while at the same time, Shimla reported seven deaths. 45 patients who succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours had no comorbidities while 16 patients were under the age of 50. Out of 13,556 Covid tests that were run across the state, 647 remain awaited.

Also Read: Himachal’s Positivity and Fatality Rates for Last Week High at 28.9% and 1.52% Respectively

 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

covid cases in himachal pradesh on may 17

The state government opened the vaccination drive for people in the 18-44 age group category on Monday. A total of 23,319 people received their first dose of vaccine across the state. While only 90 people across the state received their second dose of vaccine on Monday. 4,34,604 people have received both doses of the Covid vaccine by Monday. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday that for the latest vaccination drive, 213 centers have been set up in the state.  Under the 18-44 age group, 21,090 people have already booked their slots.  CM Thakur also urged people to observe Covid-prevention protocols like wearing face masks and sanitising hands at the Centres.

The next day of vaccination for 18-44 years is on Thursday and the sessions for the same would be made available on the COWIN portal on Tuesday. Other sessions for the vaccination would be held on May 24, May 27, and May 31. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths in Himachal Pradesh for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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On First Day of Vaccination Drive in Himachal Pradesh (18-44 years), 19810 Vaccinated

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Shimla-Vaccination drive for 18-44 years age group in Himachal Pradesh has begun from today. On the first day of the drive, 19810 persons were administered the first dose of the vaccine in the state, informed the state health department. The highest 4121 persons were vaccinated in Kangra district, which is the epicentre of the pandemic in Himachal Pradesh.

For this drive, 213 vaccination centres had been set up in the State. The state government urged people to get registered and schedule their appointments

Registered persons have been asked to arrive at the vaccination centres as per their schedule to avoid overcrowding.

A total of 21090 people had registered so far. The next date of vaccination for 18-44 years would be 20th May 2021 and sessions for that day would be published on the COWIN portal on 18th May 2021. Other sessions for the vaccination would be held on 24th, 27th and 31st May 2021 for this age group.

The HP government claimed that 31 per cent of Himachal Pradesh’s population has been vaccinated and 21,50,353 doses of vaccine had been administered.

Vaccination drive for health care workers was stated on 16th January 2021, for front line workers on 2nd February 2021, for 60+age groups and 45-60 years with co-morbidities on 1st March 2021 and for 45+ population on 1st April 2021.

The government informed that 386 cold chain points had been established along with State Vaccine Store-I and Regional Vaccine Store-2 through which these vaccines were being distributed. These points were being monitored on Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) basis.

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Himachal’s Positivity and Fatality Rates for Last Week High at 28.9% and 1.52% Respectively, Recovery Count 124434: HP Govt

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Himachal Pradehs' Fatality and positivity rate

Shimla-So far 161072 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, out of which 124434 persons have recovered and the recovery rate is 75.5 per cent, the state government said in an official statement on Monday.   

From 200 active cases in the state in February 2021, the number has increased to 34258. Last week Himachal reported 28817 positive cases. The positivity rate was 28.9 percent and during the same period. During this period, the state reported 439 deaths- at a case fatality rate of 1.52 percent.

A total of 99807 Covid samples were taken. of which 28817 tested positive.

District-Wise Covid-19 Tests and Positive Cases in Himachal Pradesh During Last Week

District Persons Tested Found Positive
Bilaspur 10006 2055
Chamba 11149 2003
Hamirpur  7169 2255
Kangra  22824 8686
Kinnaur  2287 248
Kullu  3276 691
Lahaul and Spiti  2267 196
Mandi  10896 3471
Shimla  7926 2418
Sirmour  5948 2215
Solan 7945 2624
Una 8114 8114
     

 

The state government claimed that a delay in shifting the Covid patients in home isolation to hospitals was one of the major cause of fatality in Himachal Pradesh.

The government said that though a large number of people are recovering from the disease, many people are reporting a wide variety of signs and symptoms including fatigue, body aches, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, etc during the recovery period. As of now, there is limited evidence of post-Covid complications, the government claimed.

Patients recovering have been strongly advised to continue Covid appropriate behaviour such as the use of mask, hand & respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, drink an adequate amount of warm water, take immunity booster medicines. Such persons were also advised to practice yogasana, pranayam, meditation and breathing exercises daily.

They must go for morning or evening walk, follow a balanced nutritious diet, have adequate sleep and rest, and avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, the statement said. In case of persistent dry cough / sore throat, saline gargles and steam inhalation were suggested.

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