( CM addressing a disaster management meeting at Shimla)

Himachal Pradesh government has declared the entire state as a natural calamity affected area.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “In the wake of colossal damage to life and property during the recent rain fury triggering massive landslides and floods the state government has taken a decision to declare Himachal Pradesh as a natural calamity affected state.”

He said, “Three hundred thirty five people have lost lives, 12000 houses, a large number of roads, national highways, drinking water schemes have been damaged, electricity supply and communication network disrupted and the state has suffered a monetary loss of nearly Rs 10000 crore, besides losses to agriculture and horticulture sectors.”

The CM said, “The state government is trying to restore normal life in the state and relief and restoration work is going on the war footing.”

Addressing a meeting the CM said, “Proper drainage and cross-drainage system would be made mandatory along all roads in the state for which a high-level committee and monitoring teams would soon be constituted as poor drainage system has emerged as a major factor in damage to road and highways.”

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