Chhattisgarh CM pledges ₹11 crore aid to rain-affected Himachal Pradesh.

Chhattisgarh’s Chief Minister, in a recent statement, revealed that he has taken the initiative to provide a substantial aid of ₹11 crore on behalf of the compassionate citizens of Chhattisgarh to the Himachal Pradesh government. This financial support is intended to contribute towards the essential relief and rehabilitation efforts for the victims adversely affected by the recent disastrous events.

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According to a report by the Press Trust of India (PTI), an interaction took place between Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, via a telephone conversation on Thursday. During this conversation, Baghel was briefed about the current precarious situation prevailing in the northern state due to the ongoing natural calamity. In response, Baghel expressed his sincere concern and extended an offer of assistance to address the pressing challenges being faced by the residents of Himachal Pradesh.

In a formal statement released on the subsequent Friday, Baghel acknowledged the severe impact that a substantial natural disaster has had on the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh, often referred to as the ‘Devbhoomi’ or the land of gods. He empathetically conveyed that the people of Chhattisgarh stand united in support and solidarity with the people of Himachal Pradesh during this testing time.

Furthermore, the Chief Minister reiterated his commitment to the cause by announcing the release of ₹11 crore from the treasury of Chhattisgarh. This generous monetary assistance is being extended to the Himachal Pradesh government, and its primary aim is to facilitate relief and rehabilitation measures targeted towards the individuals and communities affected by the calamity.

Recent reports from Himachal Pradesh indicate a grim situation with regard to rain-related incidents. The total number of casualties arising from these incidents has tragically climbed to 72 since the onset of heavy rains on Sunday night. Among these casualties, Shimla alone has accounted for 21 fatalities. The incessant heavy rains have triggered landslides in various districts, notably Shimla.

Adding to the gravity of the situation, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has projected substantial rainfall in the hilly regions of both Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, with predictions extending until August 23rd.

Over the course of the past three days, the intensity of the rains has fluctuated from heavy downpours to more moderate showers in certain areas. Tragically, since the commencement of the monsoon on June 24th, a total of 217 lives have been lost in rain-related incidents within Himachal Pradesh.

In response to the crisis, coordinated efforts have been persistently carried out at various landslide sites in Shimla. The Indian Army, along with the Air Force and other dedicated personnel, has actively engaged in rescue operations. These efforts have resulted in the successful evacuation of 309 individuals from flood-affected zones in Kangra district’s Fatehpur and Pong Dam in Indora. The cumulative tally of individuals rescued over the past three days stands at an impressive 2,074.

Given the extent of the damage, educational institutions in Shimla City were temporarily closed on Thursday. Additionally, the state has reported 875 roads being blocked, along with disruptions to 1,135 transformers and 285 water supply schemes, further complicating the recovery process.

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