Rain wreaks havoc in Himachal, 43 people died in rain-related incidents

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Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh: Since the arrival of monsoon in Himachal Pradesh on June 24, 43 people have died in rain-related incidents in the state and the state has suffered a loss of about Rs 352 crore. The State Emergency Operation Center gave this information. At least 79 people have been injured and 4 are missing in the last two weeks in the state.

According to officials, so far one person has died in natural calamities such as landslides, flash floods and cloudbursts notified by the central government. But 42 people have died due to state government notified disasters- road accidents, drowning, fire, snake bite, fall from height, electrocution and other reasons.

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According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, 17 people died in road accidents in the state while 8 people died due to fall from height and 7 due to drowning.

One person was killed and two others injured when the roof of a gurdwara collapsed at Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district on Thursday night. The deceased has been identified as Milandeep Singh of Haridwar.

130 people trapped in the crematorium: In Una district, around 130 people were trapped in a crematorium in Chadatgarh village after a nullah flooded, officials said. The villagers had to leave the burning pyre and climb onto nearby rooftops to save their lives.

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Una Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Vishwadev Mohan Chauhan reached the spot and helped evacuate the villagers with the help of the fire department. He told that all the people present there have been rescued. He informed that about 168 roads are closed out of which 107 will be opened by tonight.

Locals said that the Kasauli-Gadkhal-Dharampur road in Solan district was closed for traffic following a landslide near Datyar on Thursday evening. He said on Friday that traffic on National Highway No. 5 (Shimla-Chandigarh) was also affected for some time due to landslides.

Light to moderate rainfall occurred in many parts of the state since Thursday night and Shimla recorded 50 mm, Sarahan 43.5 mm, Una 31 mm, Solan 22.5 mm, Jubbarhatti 20 mm and Bharmour 15 mm. The local meteorological office has issued an ‘orange alert’ for heavy rain at various places in the plains, lower and mid-hill areas till July 9. (Language)

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Edited by: Vrijendra Singh Jhala

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