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Heavy Monsoon rain in Himachal wreak havoc

Shimla: During the past three days, Himachal Pradesh witnessed the wrath of heavy rain as about 18 people were killed with the highest eight casualties in Solan district. Shimla, as per the Meteorological Department, has received 172 mm rainfall in 24 hours – which is the second highest for the month of August after 1901.p;

In Solan, a landslide buried a family of four with their home. The water levels in rivers and rivulets of the State were recorded very high. The dams are also releasing water into the rivers after the heavy downpour.

Shimla witnessed felling of over 70 trees and several landslides that buried about three dozen vehicles and caused damage to several others.

A major landslide was also reported on Mehli-Shoghi bypass near Beolia in Shimla that buried several cars.
cars buried under Landslide

Several houses/jhuggi’s were also taken down by heavy rain in Krishna Nagar of Shimla in which over 30 people were said to have rendered homeless. It was alleged that these people did not get any considerable relief from the district administration. 

Heavy rain uproots trees in Shimla

Near Phagali on Shimla-Dhali Bypass

The traffic was choked on Shimla-Chandigarh and Manali-Chandigarh NH too due to which tourists, as well as locals, remain stuck in traffic for several hours.

The rains also hit the railway services on the Kalka-Shimla track due to which all trains were cancelled. There were reports of fresh landslides in Shimla-Chandigarh NH on Tuesday. The traffic flow also remained disrupted on Tuesday as well. 

In some parts, felling of trees caused damage to power supply lines resulting in a blackout.   

Krishnanagar homes damaged by rain

Houses collapsed as land caves in

About 923 roads were closed due to landslides in the state including six national highways and about 1,000 others were also affected temporarily.

The government said that work of restoration and clearance of roads is underway and assured relief by Tuesday evening.

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As per the information received at the state headquarters, 19 casualties have been reported so far from various districts including one each in Bilaspur and Una districts, two in Hamirpur, four in Mandi and eight in Solan district.

The rain has also caused losses to farmers as well as apple growers. The blockage of roads caused huge inconvenience to trucks carrying apple crops.

Rain damages in Himachal Pradesh 2018

Educational institutes remained closed for August 13 and 14 keeping in view the prediction of bad weather.

Tourists and locals were advised not to go along river-banks and district administrations were told to keep a close vigil on tracking activities.

As per the Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, the Manali national highway was blocked due to constant landslides.

In Kangra district, traffic was affected on 85 roads and most of these were cleared by Monday evening. Pathankot-Mandi road was cleared for light vehicles and the people stranded in Lambagaon were rescued by the administration.

In Hamirpur district, two casualties were reported in Bhoranj area due to landslips. The DC informed that 50 roads have been reopened for traffic and remaining 13 roads would be restored by tomorrow.

Deputy Commissioner Solan informed that eight casualties have been reported in Solan district. In all, 102 roads have been damaged in the district out of which traffic has been restored on 62 roads. The Kumarhatti-Nahan road has also been reopened for light vehicles.

In Bilaspur district, Swarghat national highway and Bilaspur-Shimla road have also been made through for traffic while the work on restoring the interior roads was in progress.

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In Kinnaur district, Maling Nallah and Skibba roads have been restored and the road to Sangla valley would also be made through by today evening where few tourists are stranded.

In Lahaul-Spiti district, Sumdo-Kaza-Gramphu road is blocked due to landslide and Meling-Kaza road has been restored.

One casualty has been reported in Mandi district and the vehicular traffic has been suspended as water approached the main road near Hanogi on national highway-21.

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has released Rs. 96.50 crore for relief and rescue operation in the state following losses to human life and the property due to heavy rainfall during last 24 hours.

The government has so far released Rs. 229 crores since April 1, 2018, and more funds would be released as per the requirement of the districts.

No Heavy Rains During Next 5 Days: Met

However, the Meteorological Department has predicted that there was no possibility of heavy rainfall in the state in the next five days.

A few places over middle and low hills and at isolated places over higher reaches in the next three days could witness light-to-moderate rainfall is likely to occur at, said Manmohan Singh, director, Meteorological Centre, Shimla.

 

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All Roads in Lahaul-Spiti Restored for Traffic, Tourists Advised Not to Travel in Small Vehicles

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Lahaul-Spiti Roads open

Lahaul-Spiti –All roads in Lahaul-Spiti including the link roads have been restored for traffic, informed the Himachal Pradesh Agriculture Minister Dr Ramlal Markanda on Wednesday. The connectivity to the district was lost as the National-Highway and link roads were closed due to heavy rain and snowfall. Over 300 tourists were standed at various places in the district. The stranded tourists were also rescued and brought to safe places, he informed.

The conditions are now normal in the district. However, the Minister has requested the tourists to not travel in small vehicles and prefer travelling in large vehicles to avoid inconvenience.

Markanda was on Tuesday airlifted to capital Shimla from tribal district Lahaul and Spiti. He said he availed the service of the helicopter in order to attend the ongoing monsoon season of the state assembly.

He informed that now the road connectivity from Kaza to Manali and Kaza to Reckong Peo has been restored. The Chatru to Gramphu road was also restored on Tuesday night.

The work of restoring the roads for traffic was underway from August 18 and it continued for over 50 hours before all roads could be restored. Now, Pagal Nala, Lidang, Atrangu, Lidang, Lingti, Shichling, Mane Dang, Nipati Nala, Sumdo on Kaza to Reckong Peo road have been restored.

All stranded tourists are now able to commute towards Shimla, and all stranded vehicles have also been moved.

Kaza to Manali road was restored on late Tuesday evening, informed the Minister. With the restoration of this road, stranded tourists had begun to move towards Manali, and most of them had reached Manali by Wednesday morning.

Cab services from Kaza to Manali have also been restored, he informed.

Further, the Minister said that a monitoring committee has been formed to assess the damages caused to crops due to rain and snowfall. The committee would be headed by ADM Jeevan Singh Negi, who will visit the panchayats where crops were damaged and assess the loss. Thereafter, a report would be submitted to the state government regarding the same, he said.

With the restoration of roads, the crop of peas from the district has also begun to reach the markets, said Markanda.

 

 

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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