HEAVY RAINFALL IN SHIMLA
Due to heavy rains on 17/18 th Aug night the loss so far in the district has been estimated at approximately Rs 90 crore. As against normal rainfall of 5-6 mm, the district experienced 205 mm rainfall since Saturday evening. Unfortunately, 12 casualties have taken place in the district. Initially 270 roads were damaged due to unprecedented rains and efforts are ongoing in all corners by administration and PWD authorities.
The Deputy Commissioner has deputed Additional Deputy Commissioner Apoorv Devgan in Chopal Sub – division and Additional District Magistrate Protocol Naresh Thakur in Jubbal area from August 19 to supervise relief and rescue operations in these areas and ensure no hinderance is caused to movement of apple.Funds to the tune of Rs 5 crore have been sanctioned by the State Government for ex gratia grant.
Immediately after the onslaught of heavy rain relief and rescue measures were carried out in Shimla town to restore normalcy and MC Shimla has been directed to ensure the same in the coming days. Forest department officials have cut dangerous trees in various locations and have also been directed to continue operations to cut down the approved dangerous trees immediately.
The Sub Divisional Magistrates in the district have been directed to ensure the opening of roads as soon as possible so that the general public does not suffer any hardship and apple-laden trucks can reach their destination without any hindrance. Funds have also been provided to each SDM to facilitate road clearance operations. They shall also ensure that Apple produce is continued to be transported at authorised rates for the convenience of the farmers.Till now 60% roads have been opened and by tommorrow most of the roads will be through. All NH’s are through in the district.
Irrigation and Public Health
Department officials have been directed to restore drinking water supply schemes in the district immediately so that the people can get clean potable water. Equipment and personnel are functioning round the clock to remove obstacles on roads and restore electricity supply in affected areas.
Telecom companies have been directed to restore the functioning of the fibre cables and telecom towers, especially in Chopal sub division, and normalcy shall be restored soon.
Bus services are near normal now.
SOURCE : DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SHIMLA FACEBOOK PAGE
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