CM Sukhu pledges financial aid and infrastructure support for flood-affected families
Shimla, 13 July (City Times): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu conducted a visit to the flood-hit Thunag Sub-division in the Seraj constituency of Mandi district on Thursday to assess the extent of the damage caused by the devastating floods. CM Sukhu inspected the severely affected Thunag market and announced immediate relief measures for the affected families.
Financial Assistance and Infrastructure Support
During his visit, CM Sukhu announced financial aid of Rs one lakh for each affected family. He also directed the authorities to undertake the necessary measures to divert the Thunag rivulet, aiming to prevent similar mishaps in the future. Furthermore, the Chief Minister pledged to provide land for the reconstruction of houses that were swept away by the floodwaters and instructed the clearance of debris from the market area at the earliest. CM Sukhu interacted with the local residents, assuring them of the government’s full support and assistance in overcoming the aftermath of the disaster.
Accompanying Officials and Evacuation Efforts
Chet Ram, former Chairman of MILKFED, and Mandi’s Deputy Commissioner, Arindam Chaudhary, accompanied CM Sukhu during his visit. In a tweet, CM Sukhu shared that more than 50,000 tourists had been safely evacuated from across the state within the past 48 hours until 8 PM on the same day. He commended the relentless efforts of the administration and staff in restoring essential services such as roads, power, water supply, and network connectivity.
Efforts to Ensure Safety
Acting Director General of Police (DGP) of Himachal Pradesh, Satwant Atwal Trivedi, took to Twitter to provide updates on the rescue operations. She stated that six Israeli tourists were safely transferred to the town of Manikaran, while another 37 were reported to be in good health and safe at Barshaini. The IPS further shared that a total of 95 individuals, including a foreign national, had been rescued and brought to safety in Sangla, Chhitkul, and Raksham areas of the state.
As the situation unfolds, the Himachal Pradesh government remains committed to providing all necessary resources and support to the affected communities. Efforts to restore normalcy and rehabilitate those affected by the floods will be undertaken on a priority basis, with a focus on ensuring their safety and well-being.