CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu visited flood spot and heavy rain affected areas in Mandi district. The death toll from rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 74 amid reports of fresh flash floods and landslides. Among those who died, 21 were killed due to major landslides at the Shiva temple in Summer Hill, Fagli and Krishnanagar. Eight people are still buried under the ruins of the temple.
In Uttarakhand, there has been a surge in the level of Pranmati river in Chamoli district following incessant rains in the state. Authorities have warned local residents in the area to ensure the safety and well-being of residents, officials said Friday.
On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu visited the flood and heavy rain affected areas in Mandi district Matehdi, Baldwara, Maseran and Jukain assembly of Sarkaghat.
In Uttarakhand’s Rishikesh, the load-bearing wire of the Ram Jhula Bridge snapped due to flooding over the Ganges river, forcing authorities to stop the movement of two-wheelers. The Pauri police administration has banned the movement of persons and two-wheelers after the famous Ram Jhula Bridge collapsed in the pilgrimage town of Rishikesh due to the inundation of the Ganges.
Uttarakhand’s State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on Thursday evening said excessive water filled houses in Kaluwala following heavy rains in Dehradun. The SDRF said it is constantly trying to help the affected people.
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said “The first installment of interim relief by the Union Government is still pending. Out of the relief amount of Rs. 315 crore which was pending with the union government for the last few years due to some audit objections, an amount of ₹ 189 crore has been released while a total of ₹ 360 crore is released to the state under SDRF. The central government released the first installment of ₹180 crore in June and the second installment of ₹180 crore in advance, which was to be received in December. So the amount of ₹ 360 crore received so far was our fair share which is otherwise given to all states. No separate financial assistance has been released so far.”
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday said light to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur over Uttarakhand on Friday and also between August 21 and 23.