Shimla, Sept 5
The ongoing monsoon has claimed 309 lives, whereas 600 suffered injuries and nine are missing. A media communique disaster management cell of the state informed that since the beginning of the monsoon on 29 June, 153 lives had been lost in 63 road accidents. Around 65 flash floods claimed five lives, 79 landslides took 19 lives and 13 cloudbursts, in which five lives were lost. In 14 drowning incidents, 32 died, 42 rockfall incidents took 42 and around 53 other precious human lives were lost in 34 additional rain related incidences.
The spokesperson stated that the overall monsoon has remained deficient by 6 percent this year in the state. They informed that in 2021, those who lost life to rain vagaries were 476. And that in 2020 the exact number was 240.
The total accumulated loss to monsoon-related incidents till September 5 has been pegged at 1915.15 crores this year. In 2021, it was 1151.72 crores, and in 2020, it was 872.32 crores.
Talking about rain data, among the highest receivers were Shimla and Kullu. These districts received excessive rain by 35 percent each. Bilaspur also got excessive rain by 16 percent. At the same time, Lahaul and Spiti remained most rain deficient. It got 66 percent lesser rainfall, and Sirmour and Kinnaur districts remained rain deficient by 35 percent.