Shimla, Aug 24

A team of officials from the Central government will visit the state take stock of the losses incurred by the state during these monsoons. This was informed by RD Dhiman, Chief Secretary here today. He said that the State government had requested the Center to send a team to evaluate the losses in these monsoons, which the Union has acknowledged.
“With this, in addition to the timely assessment of the damage caused by natural calamities, the state will get additional central assistance from the Central Disaster Response Fund NDRF – National Disaster Response Fund,” added Dhiman.
In Himachal Pradesh, during the current monsoons, many incidents of heavy rain, landslides and cloudbursts occurred, in which 258 people lost their lives and ten people are still missing.  Due to this calamity, 270 animals were killed, and 1658 residential houses, shops, gaushalas and ghats etc., were damaged.  National highways, rural roads, drinking water schemes and power projects have also suffered heavy damage during this period.  So far, a loss of Rs 1367.33 crore has been assessed to the state, though assessment continues.

The Central team has been constituted under Sunil Kumar Barnwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, informed the H.P CS.


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