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Himachal Rains: Hundreds of people rescued, over 1500 still stranded

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Himachal Rains and Rescue operation in Kullu and Lahaul Spiti

Shimla: On Tuesday and Wednesday, the water level begun to recede in Beas River in Kullu district and aftermaths of the incessant rains are now becoming visible as wreckages of vehicles and structures swept away during two days can be seen.

The rescue operations are likely to continue for next few days as over 1500 people including tourists are said to be still stranded in Lahaul-Spiti, which was disconnected from rest of the word due to snowfall and rains. There are reports saying that some teams of trekker and tourists are still to be located.

Two days of rain has caused a loss of over Rs. 1230 crore excluding the recent losses due to heavy rains in the State.

Rs. 230 crores Fund Released for Relief/Restoration

The State Government has urged the Union Government to provide liberal assistance to the State Government and Rs. 200 crore as immediate relief for undertaking relief, restoration and rehabilitation works. State Government at its own has released Rs. 230 crores for rehabilitation works. In addition to this, the State Government has decided to release Rs. 30 crores to Kullu district for undertaking maintenance of roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Three IAF Choppers Carrying Out Rescue Operations

The Deputy Commissioner of Kullu, Yunus Khan,  said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has rescued 35 IIT Roorkee students who had went missing in Lahaul Spiti while returning after trekking from Hampta trekking pass. The students are currently staying at Mountaineering Institute in Manali

Three helicopters of Indian Air Force has been provided by the Union Government for evacuating the tourists and all those stranded in Lahaul valley due to untimely and unpredicted heavy snowfall.

If required more choppers would be made available for the rescue of stranded people, the Government said. As many as 200 people were reported to have been stranded at Koksar, about 300 in Baralacha.

He said that the State Government has provided them food and medicines and there was no need to panic. All the students of IIT Roorkee were safe and have been evacuated to Army Base Camp at Sisu.

We have rescued five nationals of Denmark and Norway. We will try to airlift and rescue around 100 people today. We will also rescue those stranded in Keylong and nearby area,

DC told ANI

Kullu-Manali Road To Be Restored Within Week

The road from Kullu to Manali which has been damaged badly would be restored within a week. The water supply in Manali has been severely damaged and it would be restored within three days. As many as 378 transformers have been damaged in the district and power supply to about 40 percent area has been affected and the same would be restored within a week.

District Administration Kullu had provided blankets, tents and other required materials to the migrant workers who lost their shelter due to flash floods.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He also took an aerial survey of the Lahaul valley upto Chandertal to access the damages caused due to untimely snow.

The Chief Minister said that he had word with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman regarding these natural calamities.

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Two German nationals rescued by Indian Air Force from Pingdom La, Lahaul-Spiti district

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HP Govt Makes RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory for People Arriving from Seven States

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Shimla-Tourist movement to Himachal Pradesh is likely to get hit during the peak season as the state government has made it mandatory for people of seven high load states viz. Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh need to carry 72-hour prior RT-PCR negative report while visiting the State. The restriction would apply after April 16th.

The decision came after Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, who had been insisting that there would be no restriction on tourist movement to avert economic losses to the tourism industry, held a review meeting amid a massive surge in new cases and deaths.  

The state government has decided to allow tourists to visit the State, but at the same time, hotel owners and tourists should strictly adhere to the SoPs, Chief Minister said.

“The virus was spreading at a fast pace which was the biggest concern. During the last 45 days, the State has reported 10,690 new covid cases. 120 deaths were reported in the State during the last 45 days,” he said.

Over 900 new cases with 12 fatalities were reported on Saturday only.  On Sunday, according to the Health Department’s daily update, the state recorded 512 new cases. 

Pertinent to mention that Maharastra, Delhi and a few other states had been suggesting that a complete lockdown could be imposed if the high rate of resurgence continued in the coming days.

Though the Chief Minister had been maintaining that lockdown would be the last resort, the tone appears to be changing with the worsening of the COVID-19 situation.

Further, laying stress on twin strategy for testing, tracing and treatment with effective surveillance of micro containment zones, Chief Minister said that greater emphasis must also be laid on RT-PCR tests to achieve the target of 70 percent RT-PCR tests.

He said that the State Health Department must also take steps to increase bed capacity to meet out any eventuality.

Meanwhile, no restriction has been put on the devotees visiting various temples in the State during the Navratri festival.

The government said no overcrowding would be allowed in buses and other public transport and private vehicles. Wearing face masks even in vehicles must be enforced strictly.

Chief Minister, who faced widespread criticism over violation of SOPs during the political campaigning for elections to the Municipal Corporations, blamed laxity shown by the people for a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the State.  

 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions

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HP Cabinet decision on curfew

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.

A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.   

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota. 

It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.

The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.  

It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.

The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.

Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.

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