Central team to visit Himachal to assess damage caused by rains

Shimla: A team from central government will soon visit Himachal Pradesh for on the spot assessment of the damages caused due to the recent incessant rains. PWD and Revenue Minister, Thakur Gulab Singh, said the team will be headed by Shambhu Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

The minister said the state has been badly affected by the unprecedented heavy rains during the monsoon. He said that as many as 62 human lives were lost, besides 5889 cattle perished due to the heavy rains. He said that due to the rains there was damage to 6656 dwelling houses and 1737 cowsheds, besides public property worth crores of rupees was also damaged.

He said the state would require funds to the tune of Rs. 1793.37 crore so as to restore the damages.

Thakur Gulab Singh said the central team will also visit Sangla and Peo in Kinnaur and interior areas of Shimla and Sirmour district to assess the damages.

He said the total loss to the Public Works Department had been estimated around Rs. 931.35 crore , followed by ` 265.55 crore by Irrigation and Public Health department on account of damages to water supply and irrigation schemes.

He said that besides, public buildings such as Patwarkhanas, Kanungo Huts, Panchayat Ghars, Primary Health Centres had also been severely damaged and the damage on this account had been estimated at Rs. 521 crore.

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