Since the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday issued “red” and “orange” alerts for numerous districts of the hill-state for the following 24 hours, it doesn’t appear like Himachal Pradesh, which has been pummelling by rainfall over the last few days, would receive any rapid relief.
There has been a red alert issued for the next 24 hours for very heavy rainfall in Solan, Shimla, Sirmaur, Kullu, Mandi, Kinnaur, and Lahaul. Una, Hamirpur, Kangra, and Chamba have also received an orange alert. According to senior IMD Scientist Sandeep Kumar Sharma on Monday, a flash flood warning has been issued for the next 24 hours for Mandi, Kinnaur, and Lahaul-Spiti.
Jairam Thakur, a former chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, said on Monday that the state had experienced unusual rainfall over the past few days and expressed concern over the deaths and damage to public facilities.
According to Mr. Thakur, who is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the Himachal Assembly, Himachal Pradesh had “not seen such rain in its history” because more than 12 significant bridges have been damaged.
“In the previous few years, we never witnessed a situation like this. I’m quite worried about the condition of things right now. Numerous large and minor rivers are in flood stage, and if the scenario continues over the coming days, there could be additional harm, he said.
In Himachal Pradesh, the rains have created havoc by causing landslides, power outages, traffic blockages, and bridge damage. Over the last 48 hours, 20 people in the state have died as a result of nature’s wrath.
In some areas of the hill state, tourists were trapped, and the damage to the infrastructure is estimated to be between 3,000 crore and 4,000 crore.
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, claimed on Monday that the state has not experienced such heavy rainfall in the previous 50 years.
In his Monday conversation with the Himachal Pradesh chief minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured him of the complete support of the federal government.