There is a grim possibility that the number of casualties Might rise Due to Distruction caused Heavy Rainfall In Shimla
Shimla,14 August(City Times): In a tragic incident, a temple devoted to Lord Shiva collapsed on Monday due to Heavy Rainfall In Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. At the time of the disaster, around 25-30 people were inside the temple. Unfortunately, nine people lost their lives, and the local authorities worked to rescue those who were trapped in the debris. Five individuals were successfully rescued from the wreckage, according to a police official.over 20 people remain trapped, and there is a grim possibility that the number of casualties might rise.More than 50 individuals have tragically lost their lives within the past 24 hours
Chief Minister Confirms Death Toll
Confirming the fatalities, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu expressed his condolences and highlighted the ongoing efforts to clear the debris to save any possible survivors. He emphasized the dedication of the local administration to the rescue mission and stated that all necessary measures would be taken to assist the affected families.Himachal Pradesh CM
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu expressed deep concern over the tragic situation in the state, revealing that more than 50 individuals have tragically lost their lives within the past 24 hours. The severity of the situation is emphasized by the fact that over 20 people remain trapped, and there is a grim possibility that the number of casualties might rise. In response to the ongoing crisis, a dedicated search and rescue operation is currently in progress to reach those in need of assistance. In light of these distressing circumstances, the decision has been taken to cancel any planned cultural programs on the occasion of Independence Day, prioritizing the safety and well-being of the affected individuals.
Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu disclosed that a unified effort is being made to extend support to the state government during this challenging period. Notably, President Droupadi Murmu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, prominent leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, BJP Chief JP Nadda, as well as Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, have all reached out with the intent to offer every possible assistance to the government of the state. This collaborative approach aims to provide comprehensive aid and resources to help alleviate the current crisis in Himachal Pradesh.
In Himachal Pradesh’s Summer Hill area, a landslide has caused significant damage, leading to disruption and challenges. Visuals from the scene depict the aftermath of the landslide, revealing the extent of the impact. Notably, the Kalka-Shimla railway track situated between Jutogh and Summer Hill railway stations, specifically at km 92/6-92/7, has been washed away as a consequence of heavy rainfall in the region. This event has resulted in the cancellation of train services that typically operate between Kandaghat and Shimla. The incident emphasizes the disruptive force of nature and its impact on transportation infrastructure in the affected area.
Widespread Disruption and Destruction
The incident occurred amidst a series of weather-related challenges in Himachal Pradesh. The region has been grappling with heavy rainfall, leading to multiple landslides, blocked roads, and damaged houses. More than 700 roads have been closed due to landslides triggered by the incessant rain. The monsoon havoc has resulted in significant damage to infrastructure, with a cost estimated at ₹7,000 crore by the administration. The state has also witnessed over 1,376 houses fully damaged and 7,935 partially damaged during this monsoon season.
Rishikesh Receives Record Rainfall
The neighboring state of Uttarakhand has also experienced severe weather impacts. Rishikesh received the highest recorded rainfall in the country, with 42cm of rain in just 24 hours. Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra followed closely with 27cm of rainfall in the same period. The India Meteorological Department highlighted the widespread intensity of the rainfall across the nation. In Uttarakhand, the increasing water levels of the Ganga river prompted Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to conduct an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Rishikesh.