The Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Monday reviewed the losses and rehabilitation and rescue operations being undertaken by the state government keeping in view the incessant and heavy rains in the state.
It was informed in the cabinet, which was chaired by Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, that 120 stranded persons were rescued from Koksar in Lahaul-Spiti, 23 from Marhi and 31 from Rohtang (Kullu). Twelve tourists from Sikkim were evacuated from Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti to a hotel at Keylong.
Apart from it 33 persons stranded at Phojal in Kullu were also rescued. Out of these, 21 persons were rescued by Air Force and 14 persons were rescued by adopting other means.
It was apprised that as many as 45 vehicles were retrieved from Koksar in Lahaul-Spiti. Similarly, 600 students and teachers were shifted from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyala Chamba and 100 students from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Mehla in Chamba district. In addition to this, three families of Rakh in Chamba district were also shifted to PWD Rest House.
It was also informed in the Cabinet meeting that due to heavy rains on 23rd and 24th September, 60 sheep/goats died due to landslide at Bharmour.
As official spokesman here said Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and PWD, Himachal Pradesh Government Manisha Nanda also apprised the situation to Finance Commissioner, Revenue in Punjab and shared Chamera Dam data with him so that necessary action/alert can be taken by the Punjab government.
Moreover, Chamera Dam authorities were also advised to share their dam discharges data with the Thein Dam (Ranjeet Sagar Dam) in Punjab. Deputy Commissioner Chamba also apprised his counterpart in Pathankot for taking precautions.