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Video: Fire engulfs over 40 houses in Shimla’s Rohru while Fire Brigade sends empty tenders

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Shimla: In yet another major incident of fire breakout in rural Shimla, over 40 houses were completely devoured by a fire in Kshaini village of Tikkar Panchayat in Rohru. Over 60 families are believed to have lost all belongings in addition to their homes. The fire has caused damaged worth crores of rupees.

Fortunately, no loss of life was reported.

Once again, as an irresponsible act, the first fire tender reached the spot with an empty tank. As per the locals, the tender stayed at the spot for some time while staff watched the village burning. The tender was then sent to fetch water.

The damage could have been contained to lesser houses if the Himachal Pradesh’s Fire Services had not sent an empty fire tender to the spot.

As per the initial information provided by the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, and the Superintendent of Police, Omapati Jamwal, the fire broke out in one of the houses in wee hours of April 18 at about 2:00 AM.

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As the houses in the village were mostly built of wood in a traditional Himachali style, they easily caught fire. There are over 150 houses in this village, all of which were in the range of the fire. However, the residents and locals from nearby villages struggled for over five hours before they doused the fire.

The district administration has provided an immediate relief of Rs. 10, 000, cloths, and ration to the villagers who were rendered homeless, informed the SDM Rohru. Though the cause of the fire is still to be investigated, as usual, it was believed to be a short-circuit.

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List of Affected Families

The revenue officers are likely to complete the list of affected victims and the estimated financial loss caused by the fire.

The carelessness of the fire department is shocking. The people are bewildered as to what kind of response is it to send empty tenders to the sight of fire breakout?   

The villagers not only lost houses, but Himachal lost some of the finest wooden work done in a traditional style. More information is awaited.

From last year to the present date, over a dozen of such incidents of major fires have been reported in various villages of Himachal in which several houses were turned into ashes.

 

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Covid Claims 70 Lives in Himachal in Last 24-Hours; Vaccination Drive for 18-44 Age Group to Begin Today

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Shimla- In the last 24-hours, Himachal Pradesh has reported 70 fatalities due to coronavirus, according to official data released by the state government. The death toll as of now stands at 2,311. Meanwhile, 2,378 new cases of infection were detected according to official data since Saturday evening till now; this takes the total number of Covid cases in the state to 1,60,240 to date. Out of this, 36,909 are active cases of infection.

The highest number of casualties were reported from Kangra district where 30 patients succumbed to severe symptoms of coronavirus. Out of these 30 deaths, only one patient had hypertension as comorbidity while others had no prior medical conditions, as shown by state data. In the Shimla district, 11 patients were reported dead. 55 out of 70 patients who succumbed to the infection had no comorbidities; while 19 patients were below the age of 50.

Despite consistently rising fatality rate, the state government is struggling to increase testing. On Sunday, the total sampling fell to 1086 from 15461 on Saturday. With low testing, the number of positive cases also went down. This failure would make it difficult to assess the true scale of the spread, which could prove to be fatal for the population of the state. Moreover, the state government hasn’t clarified as to what’s keeping it from boosting daily testing. 

Out of 10,084 people who were sampled for Covid infection on Sunday, 3,188 results remain awaited

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 16, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Meanwhile, 3,273 people received their first dose of Covid vaccine across the state on Sunday, while 207 people received their second jab on the same day. The total number of people who have been fully vaccinated in Himachal Pradesh is 4,34,514 by Sunday.

From May 17, vaccination for people between the age group of 18-44 will also begin in Himachal Pradesh. The state government had informed that it has procured 1,07,620 doses of Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of India, Pune, for the upcoming phase of the vaccination drive, according to Special Health Secretary Nipun Jindal.

Meanwhile, a large number citizen between 18-45 age group who were trying to register on the Cowin portal complained of inconveniences.  

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deathsfor May 16, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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4,145 New Covid Cases, 56 Deaths in 24-Hours; HP Govt Forms Paediatric Task Force to Tackle Third Wave

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Shimla-The death toll in Himachal Pradesh climbed to 2,241 on Saturday after 56 Covid patients lost their lives in the last 24-hours. Meanwhile, 4,145 new cases of infection were reported on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,57,862 according to official data released by the state.

Kangra district reported the highest casualties with 19 deaths, while in Shimla, 15 patients died of severe symptoms of coronavirus. 13 patients who lost their lives were below the age of 50.

Daily Covid testing on Saturday reached 15,461, out of which test results of 1,876 samples remain awaited.  According to the state health department, 17,12,566 people have received their first dose of vaccine till Saturday, while 4,34,307 people across the state have received both doses of Covid vaccine.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 15, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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As the rate of new cases and fatality remains high, the corona curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been extended till May 26 after a meeting of the state government cabinet was held on Saturday. The state also announced some rules and provisions to curb the spread of infection in the state. Medical Colleges, Zonal and Regional Hospitals, and hospitals with a bed capacity of 200 and above were allowed to hire vans to carry dead bodies. Weddings in the state are now only to take place in residences or courts, with a maximum gathering of 20 people.

The state government also held a high-level meeting on Saturday to constitute a Paediatric Task Force to tackle the anticipated third wave. According to reports, the third wave will most likely affect children and teenagers. Earlier this month, the principal scientific adviser to the central government, K VijayRaghavan, had said at a briefing that the high levels of the virus meant “a phase 3 is inevitable.”

The Paediatric Task Force would study the availability of medical infrastructure in various Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Sick Newborn Care Units, and Newborn Stabilization Units, to formulate plans for augmentation of machinery, equipment, and Human Resources.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 15, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Curfew in Himachal Extended, Free Wood for Cremation, Marriages Allowed Only in Homes or Courts

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Shimla-Corona Curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been extended further till May 26 as the state has witnessed no respite in a surge in daily Covid-19. The decision was taken after a meeting of the HP Government Cabinet today.

To check the exodus of labourers and workers all the shops dealing with construction materials would also remain open on Tuesday and Friday a week for three hours.

The Cabinet also decided to allow hiring dead body vans to all the Medical Colleges and Zonal and Regional Hospitals and hospitals with a bed capacity of 200 and above.  The forest department would provide free wood for the cremation of corona deceased where forest rights are enforced. The forest corporation would provide fuelwood in other areas. All the MCs would be allowed to hire dead body vans.

The Cabinet also decided that no marriages would be allowed to hire marriage palaces, community halls and tent houses and outside catering and DJ/Band. Marriage would be only held in houses or Courts with the restriction of 20 persons. There will also be no procession of Barat.

The Cabinet gave its consent to fill up 219 posts of different categories on a contract basis under the National Health Mission in the State to provide better health care facilities to the people.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to procure CT Scan 128 slice and MRI 1.5 Tesla Machines worth Rs. 20 crore in Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba to facilitate the people.

It accorded its approval its ex-post-facto permission to the executing agency of Makeshift Covid-19 Hospital at Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Ner Chowk Mandi to include construction of one labour room and one operation theatre etc. to facilitate the people.

It also decided to open Health Sub Centre at Sartyaula in Mandi district alongwith creation of requisite posts to man the Sub Centre.

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