Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur has expressed concern over colossal losses to the lives and properties due to the torrential rains.
Shimla: At least 22 persons have lost their lives while many others have been missing after incidents of flash floods and landside in the last 24 hours in Himachal Pradesh. According to the reports, flash floods, cloud burst and landslides have caused heavy rainfall in the hill state causing massive disruption in most of the parts.
As per the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), the most affected areas are Mandi, Kangra and Chamba districts. The SDMA officials have said that as many as 34 weather-related incidents have been reported from across the state.
It has further been reported that nearly 743 roads have been blocked for traffic movement. Manali-Chandigarh national highway at Mandi and Shimla-Chandigath highway at Shoghi have also been blocked due to landslide and cloud burst.
As per the reports, at least 13 people have been died in Mandi alone while five persons have reportedly been missing.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed concern over colossal losses to the lives and properties due to the torrential rains in various parts of the state.
The Chief Minister has directed the district administrations of the state to immediately ensure relief, rescue and rehabilitation works in the affected areas. He said that teams of NDRF and state forces have been rushed to the spots to undertake relief and rescue operations where people have reportedly been trapped/ stuck under the debris.
While expressing his grief over the deaths reported due to landslides and flash floods, the Chief Minister has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.
Jai Ram Thakur has advised the locals as well as the tourists to stay away from landslide prone areas and riversides to avert any mishap.