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Floods in HP: CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu rescues stranded tourists, brings relief to those in Sangla valley

Shimla, July 13

In a commendable display of leadership and swift action, Chief Minister Thakur Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu spearheaded a successful rescue operation in the flood-affected Sangla Valley of Kinnaur district. The Chief Minister, , along with a team of nine tourists arrived in Shimla today after evacuating 118 stranded tourists with the assistance of the Air Force, informed a spokesperson.

He said that the CM after having assessed the relief and rescue operations in the flood-hit areas of Kullu, Mandi, and Lahaul-Spiti districts, personally visited the inundated Sangla Valley. His proactive involvement in the rescue efforts garnered heartfelt appreciation from both foreign nationals and Indian tourists caught in the crisis.

Expressing their gratitude, Israeli national Ms. Tali and New Zealand couple Helen and Chester were particularly delighted by the Chief Minister’s direct participation in the rescue mission. Their heartfelt appreciation emphasized the significance of having the head of state actively engaged in such critical operations.

A group of 34 tourists from West Bengal, who had been stranded in the Sangla Valley for the past five days, also lauded the efforts of the state government. They were airlifted to Choling and will continue their journey by bus to Chandigarh. Shonali Chatterjee, a member of the group, acknowledged the government’s provision of first aid facilities and the unwavering support received from the local community.

Similarly, Pankaj Negi from Rakcham village and Dara Negi from Barang village, who were visiting their respective kin in the area, expressed their gratitude to the local administration and government for ensuring their safe return. Heavy rains had left them stranded, but their appreciation reflected the successful coordination between authorities and the promptness of the rescue operation.

During his visit to Sangla Valley, Chief Minister Sukhu announced immediate relief of Rs one lakh to each affected individual. Additionally, those affected will be given the option of land transfer for house construction. To prevent future calamities, the Chief Minister directed the construction of a security wall along Tongtong Chhe Nullah. He also personally interacted with the affected individuals, inquiring about their well-being and instructing the district administration to provide them with all necessary assistance and essential items, concluded the government spokesperson.


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