Wednesday, August 21, 2013

India – 24,142 animals and 50 people killed due to excessive rain and snow

Extensive damage to crops.

As many as 50 persons have lost their lives in the state till date in current monsoon season. This written statement was tabled in the house today by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

“About 24,142 animals including sheep, goat, cattle and mules have perished due to excessive rainfall and snowfall.”

District Kinnaur reported 23 deaths, 7 deaths in Shimla district, 4 in Kangra, 5 in Sirmaur, 6 in Mandi, 3 in Kullu, 1 in Hamirpur and 1 in Chamba.

Unprecedented heavy rainfall
“We experienced an early monsoon this year. From 15th to 17th June, incessant and heavy rains lashed various parts of the state coupled with cloudbursts at several places. The state experienced an unprecedented heavy rainfall during these three days. Kinnaur and Sirmaur were the worst affected districts,” said Singh.

Untimely snow
Kinnaur also received untimely snow during this period at several places. Since then, heavy rains have lashed various parts of the state almost on a daily basis causing massive damage to private and public property.

As many as 5287 housing structures including Pucca and Kuchha houses, cowsheds, labour sheds, shops etc. have been fully or partially damaged in various parts of the state due to landslides triggered by heavy rain and snowfall.

The entire stretch of National highway from Wangtu to Sumdo has been washed away at various places.

Extensive damage to crops
There are reports of damage caused to standing Kharif crops affecting 20,573 hectare of land.
There has also been extensive damage to fruit crops in Kinnaur and other parts of the state. The total area affected is 81,458 hectares. In addition permanent damage to 3500 hectare horticultural land has been reported.

According to Mr. Singh, the monsoon fury is still not over.

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