Today, BJP President JP Nadda and Union Minister Anurag Thakur evaluate the destruction caused by the rains in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda, along with Union Minister Anurag Thakur, made a visit to Himachal Pradesh on a significant mission. Their arrival at the Annadale Helipad situated in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, marked their purpose to thoroughly assess the widespread damage that had been caused by the recent onslaught of heavy rains and devastating floods within the state.

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Expressing profound gratitude on the 19th of August, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu extended his thanks to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for a substantial donation of ₹15 crore towards the disaster relief fund. This generous contribution is anticipated to play a pivotal role in the critical task of mitigating the substantial damage brought about by torrential rains, catastrophic floods, cloudbursts, landslides, and slope failures that have severely impacted the region.

According to a report from PTI, the number of casualties stemming from rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh has risen to a staggering 78 over the past week. This grim count was increased with the discovery of yet another body amidst the debris of a collapsed temple. In an ongoing joint effort, multiple rescue teams comprising the Army, National and State Disaster Response Forces, Police, and Home Guards are tirelessly engaged in the arduous task of recovering bodies from the wreckage left behind by landslides.

Since the inception of the monsoon season in Himachal Pradesh on June 24, a devastating total of 338 lives have been tragically lost in a combination of rain-related incidents and road accidents. Additionally, 38 individuals remain unaccounted for, as reported by the state’s emergency operation centre. Out of this tragic tally, a total of 221 people have directly lost their lives due to the consequences of rain-related incidents.

In a bid to address the overwhelming crisis at hand, the Himachal Pradesh government declared the state as a “Natural Calamity Affected Area,” aiming to draw attention to the profound destruction caused by relentless heavy rains. This declaration carried with it a fervent plea to the central government to designate the situation as a national disaster. The ongoing situation has been characterized as the most catastrophic natural calamity to have struck the state in the past five decades. Deputy Chief Minister Agnihotri underscored the colossal losses sustained by various government departments, with the Jal Shakti Department alone recording losses exceeding ₹2,000 crore.

The plight of residents in the Indora and Fatehpur areas, particularly within the Mand region, has been exceptionally dire due to the rising water levels of the Beas river. Illegal mining has been identified as a significant contributor to the calamitous floods in these regions, causing substantial erosion of riverbanks and a redirection of water towards villages and fields.

The most recent data made available by the state government indicates an overwhelming cumulative monetary loss of ₹8014.61 crore since the onset of the monsoon on June 24th, as reported by ANI.

The relentless monsoon season’s wrath has led to the complete destruction of 2,022 houses, with an additional 9,615 houses sustaining partial damage. A sobering total of 113 landslides have been documented during this year’s monsoon season.

Adding to the uncertainty, the Himachal Pradesh local Meteorological (MeT) office has issued an orange warning for heavy to very heavy rains on August 20 and 21, followed by a yellow alert for heavy rains on August 22 and 23. Additionally, the MeT has cautioned about the moderate to high risk of flash floods in districts like Shimla, Sirmaur, and Chamba.

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