Death Toll Rises to 34 in Himachal Pradesh as Landslides and Flooding Wreak Havoc

Recent landslides, cloudbursts, and flash floods in Himachal Pradesh have claimed the lives of 34 people, according to government officials. The monsoon fury in the region has been relentless, with a total of 91 fatalities reported from June 24 to July 13.

The severe weather conditions have resulted in the closure of over 1,000 roads and damage to more than 5,000 water supply schemes across the state, as revealed by Principal Secretary Revenue Onkar Sharma.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast for heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh starting from July 14 and lasting for up to five days, further exacerbating the situation. Flash floods and landslides have caused extensive damage in the affected areas.

However, there have been some signs of improvement. DIG (NDRF) Mohsen Shahidi provided updates on the current situation, stating that the weather forecast predicted rain for the next two days in Uttarakhand, which would impact roads in Haridwar and Rishikesh. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed four teams and is coordinating with the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) of Uttarakhand. Meanwhile, the situation in Himachal Pradesh has shown signs of improvement.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu took proactive measures to address the crisis. He personally airlifted stranded tourists from Sangla to Shimla using an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter. Additionally, CM Sukhu visited the flood-hit Thunag Sub-division in the Seraj constituency of Mandi district to assess the situation. He announced financial assistance of one lakh rupees to each affected family and directed efforts to divert the Thunag rivulet to prevent future mishaps.

The state authorities continue to monitor the situation closely and undertake necessary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected residents.

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