Himachal govt puts losses due to recent rains at Rs 2,767 crore

Himachal govt puts losses due to recent rains at Rs 2,767 crore

index1SHIMLA: Excessive rain during the current monsoonseason has caused extensive damage in Himachal Pradesh, with government calculating the total cumulative losses at Rs 2,767.48 crore.

A spokesperson of the state government said that 41 people lost their lives in the entire state, including 23 in Kinnaur, seven in Shimla, three in Sirmour, four in Kangra, one each in Chamba and Hamirpur and two in Mandi district. Besides, 23,871 animals perished and loss on this count has been assessed at Rs 5.51 crore as per NDRF guidelines.

“About 3,802 Pucca/Kucha houses were completely or partially damaged in various parts of the state due to landslides, with overall loss to private property assessed at over Rs 100 crore. More than 4,100 roads have been affected, resulting in huge losses. The total losses on this count have been assessed at Rs 1,218.71 crore,” he said.

The entire stretch of National Highway from Wangtu to Sumdo, being maintained by BRO, has been washed out at various stretches, with total losses pegged at Rs 40 crore, he said.

Heavy losses to government infrastructure as well as to irrigation and public health (I&PH) schemes in the state has been reported, which has been put at around Rs 240.63 crore, affecting 2,622 schemes, including 84 flood protection schemes. The state government has assessed damages caused to standing kharif crop in 20,573 hectares to the tune of Rs 200 crore. Losses of Rs 323 crore have reportedly been suffered by horticulture sector, covering a total affected area of 81,457.5 hectares.

The official said that electricity infrastructure has also been severely damaged, especially in Kinnaur and other districts. The total loss to power sector has been estimated at Rs 455.55 crore.

Common assets in the state like Mahila Mandal Bhawans, community centres and village paths have also been extensively damaged due to rains resulting in losses of over Rs 165 crore. Losses of about Rs 5 crore have been estimated for the fisheries sector. HRTC also suffered losses of Rs 12.83 crore while total loss to health infrastructure is Rs 1.25 crore.

The spokesperson said that funds amounting to Rs 129.24 crore have been released for immediate relief to the districts and different departments, including Rs 57.57 crore to deputy commissioners and Rs 71.67 crore to various departments.