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Shimla records heaviest rainfall in last 13 years, causes damages

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Shimla: Monsoon was active over the state during last 24 hours and a state-wide rainfall was recorded. A heavy rainfall lashed isolated places in the district of Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Kangra, and Una.

Shimla recorded 118.6mm of rainfall during last 24 hours, which has broken the previous record. The previous record for highest rainfall in 24hrs was 108.4mm recorded on 15th July 2005, the Met said.

This has lead to damage to public and private property including vehicles. A number of landslides, mudslides, and cases of rainwater flooding houses were reported from various places in Shimla. A mudslide had buried a couple of cars yesterday while residents of Khalini complained that rainwater and mud flooded their houses.

The drainage system of Shimla town, even in the Core Area, gave up completely. As a result, the rainwater flooded roads making it difficult for the pedestrians to walk.

Reports also said that several sewerage lines were also broken following the rain.

Five vehicles were damaged near Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shimla after a tree fell on them.

The lift located on the Cart Road of Shimla city also remained closed due to water blockage. 

SHimla lift closed due to water blockage

Shimla lift remained closed due to water blockage

Some readers shared videos showing the failure of drainage system with Himachal Watcher. In one of the videos, the rainwater was seen flooding the Jakhu-Shimla Ridge road.

Surprisingly, the official residence of the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla is also located on the same road and rainwater was seen gushing outside its gate earlier too.

Similarly, as visible towards the end of the above-posted video, the public and tourist faced huge inconvenience on the Shimla Mall Road too.

The main roads were also flooded by muck, mud, rocks and garbage.

Shimla roads flooded in monsoon

BCS-Panthaghati road Near Vikasnagar Petrol Pump

Such heavy rainfall events generally occur when monsoon trough shift from South to Northward near to the foothills of Himalayas. The Met said tall and dense cumulonimbus clouds are formed over an area and in the availability of sufficient moisture incursion.

Further, the low-level convergence of south-easterlies and north-westerlies wind along the foothills coupled with vertical shear in the wind and orographic uplifting lead to intense precipitation, the Met informed.

The maximum temperatures decreased by 2 to 3℃ over the state and were 2 to 3℃ below normal during last 24 hours. Minimum temperatures decreased by 2 to 3℃ over the state and were 1 to 20℃ below normal during last 24 hrs.

HP Station-wise Temp Details

Station Max. Temp (oC)
Shimla 20.4
Sundernagar 24.2
Bhuntar 22.0
Kalpa 16.6
Dharamshala 25.8
Una 27.0
Nahan 25.0
Keylong 13.7
Palampur 21.2
Solan 24.0
Manali 15.0
Kangra 25.2
Mandi 30.2
Bilaspur 25.2
Hamirpur 23.7
Chamba 24.9
Dalhousie 15.7

Himachal has witnessed an overall rainfall of 153mm from June 1 to July 3, 2018, and it is 33% more than the normal. The details are given in the table below:

District-wise Rainfall                               

District Actual Rainfall (mm) Normal Rainfall (mm) Percentage (%) Departure from the normal
BILASPUR 147.3 128.8 14
CHAMBA 180.6 159.4 13
HAMIRPUR 214.3 172.8 24
KANGRA 282.1 180.6 56
KINNAUR 25.5 42.3 -40
KULLU 114.1 93.6 22
LAHAUL & SPITI 89.3 64.2 39
MANDI 237.8 183.1 30
SHIMLA 163.3 119.6 37
SIRMAUR 196.1 175.5 12
SOLAN 188.6 157.8 20
UNA 249.8 104.3 139
HIMACHAL PRADESH 152.3 114.5 33

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Himachal’s Distressed Tourism Industry Stakeholders Write to CM Jairam Thakur, Seeks Financial Package

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Shimla-Tourism Industry Stake Holders Association on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur seeking financial aid from the state government to save the industry amid COVID-19 resurgence. They also highlighted the shared plight of hotels and restaurants falling in debt and failing to provide for the expenses.

“Since the beginning of last year, hotel industry continues to take hits due to the coronavirus. A seven-to-eight-month long lockdown in the entire country affected industry stakeholders. Tourism industry appeared to have revived in the month of October and expectations were high for the next tourist season” the association said.

Several hoteliers and restaurants had spent on maintenance hoping for a good season this year. But since most of the states have now imposed lockdowns, all hopes were dashed to the ground and the industry is facing a huge financial crisis.

The tourism units are not able to pay the interest and EMI of loans raised by them due to loss faced by the industry for the consecutive second year. The stakeholders fearthat  the loan raised by them may slip to NPA

The Association said that hoteliers and businessmen involved in the hospitality industry did not receive any relief from the government and managed their units/services by spending from savings or by raising loans.

The units have somehow managed to pay salaries and other expenses for the April month, the association said, but expressed inability to do so for the May month as the working capital has dropped to zero.

Mohinder Seth, President, Tourism Industry Stake Holders Association, has written to the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and Governor, RBI, requesting for the deferment of loans and to save the loans from becoming NPA.

Seth has also requested the central government to provide Himachal Pradesh’s tourism industry with a financial package to deal with the devastation caused by the second wave of COVID-19.

“We support the measures taken by the government to break the chain of coronavirus. If the government plans on extending the lockdown to seventeen more days, we will support the decision because we understand the need to save people’s life is important. Similarly, it is important to save the industry – source of employment to lakhs of people. We request honorable CM to extend financial aid to the industry stakeholders,” Mohinder Seth concluded.

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Himachal: One-Month-Old Among 67 Fatalities Reported in Last 24-Hours, Fatality Rate Keeps Mounting But Testing Remains Low

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Shimla – In the last 24-hours, 67 people lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total death toll to 2,185. While, 3,044 new cases of infection were reported on Friday, as the total number of Covid-19 cases reached 1,53,717, according to data released by the state government.  Among the Himalayan states, Himachal Pradesh has second highest fatality ratio of 28 per lakh. Also, the Covid-19 fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh had surpassed the national average of 1.1% to reach 1.5% on May 6, 2021. The fatality rate of the hill state still remains near 1.4% 

The daily number of cases has been fluctuating but the fatality rate is only mounting. Despite directions passed in statements to increase testing rate and contact tracing, the daily sampling remains low. On Friday, 11,388 people across Himachal were sampled for the infection, out of which 2,430 Covid test results remain pending.

On Friday, Kangra district reported 724 cases and 31 fatalities, the highest in the state, in the last 24 hours. Hamirpur district reported ten deaths.

One of the patients who succumbed to severe symptoms of coronavirus was a one-month-old infant, Priyanshi, from Shimla’s Theog region. Priyanshi tested positive for coronavirus on May 7 and succumbed to the infection on Thursday. She was admitted to the pediatric department of Shimla’s Indira Gandhi Medical College. Her cause of death was cited to be “Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) with COVID 19 Pneumonia with late-onset neonatal sepsis.”

The oldest patient to succumb to infection was a 103-year-old woman from the Mandi district.  58 out of 67 patients who died of coronavirus had no comorbidities. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 14, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

hp govt covid-19 cases data may 14, 2021

Source: HP NHM

 A picture doing the rounds on social media suggested how the pandemic has taken devastating form in rural Himachal. The picture emerged from a village in the Kangra district, where a man was seen carrying the dead body of his mother. Villagers and relatives of the man refused to come ahead and lend a shoulder as the woman had died of Covid-19. While the son carried the body to the cremation ground. The man’s wife followed him with their toddler in one hand and cremation material in the other. The incident has brought local bodies and officials of district administration under scanner for failing to ensure that the woman was cremated with dignity and the distressed family received all the support that it needed.

Read: Heartbreaking Picture of Man Carrying Mother’s Body for Cremation Alone Shakes Himachal

 The picture comes when CM Jai Ram Thakur in his meeting with Deputy Commissioners of the State asked them to ensure that the last rites of Covid-19 victims were performed strictly as per the protocol and guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Thakur said that in rural areas Block Development Officers have been designated as nodal officers in their respective areas for this purpose. Thakur asked for adequate PPE kits, dead body bags, disinfectants, sanitizers, waste disposable bags, etc. to be provided to the hospitals and PHCs, so that the same could be made available to the people for performing the last rites as per the protocol.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 14, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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Kangra: Heartbreaking Picture of Man Carrying Mother’s Body for Cremation Alone Shakes Himachal

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Kangra-A heartbreaking picture of a man forced to carry the body of his Covid-19 positive mother alone on his shoulders for cremation in Kangra district appeared in media reports and was widely circulated on social media. Villagers and relatives refused to come ahead and lend a shoulder as she had died of Covid-19. While the son carried the body to the cremation ground, his wife followed him with a toddler in one hand and cremation material in the other.

The picture has shaken the state. Questions are being raised as to how an entire village could turn a blind eye at such a time. The role of the elected local body (panchayat) and district administration also came under the scanner and the state government had to release a statement following the appearance of media reports.

The man was identified as Vir Singh and the incident was reported from Bhangwar Panchayat near Ranital region of the district. His mother was reportedly home-isolated after testing positive for Covid-19. A media report said that she was a former member of the elected panchayat.

The elected Pradhan of the panchayat, Suram Singh, claimed that he couldn’t come to help Vir Singh because he had a fever. He said Vir Singh didn’t mention that there was no one to help him. The Pradhan also said that he had spoken to tractor drivers but all of them refused to carry the body. He said the only people who helped him were some villagers who arranged wood from the forest for cremation.

The Deputy Commissioner, Rakesh Prajapati, said that Vir Singh didn’t give the district administration the time to respond and carried the body hurriedly for cremation. He said that following this incident, it was decided that cremation of every Covid-19 patient would be carried out in the presence of representatives of the district administration.

After the picture went viral on social media, today, HP Government directed the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that the last rites of the persons, who have died of Covid-19 were performed strictly as per the protocol and guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in this regard. The government said that directions were already issued on 12th May 2021 regarding this.

District administrations were asked to co-operate in performing the last rites of the deceased and ensure providing resources such as PPE kits, dead body bags, disinfectants, sanitisers, waste disposable bags etc. for proper disposal of the dead body.

Panchayat Secretaries/Patwaries were also directed to facilitate families in performing the last rites of the deceased.

Further, the government said that under such circumstances family members of the deceased can contact the Municipal authorities, Executive Officers/Secretaries of Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat Secretaries/Patwaries of their respective area for any assistance.

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