Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday informed the state Assembly that 63 persons have lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh this monsoon season while 25 of them were killed in heavy rains in the last few days.
Replying to a discussion on loss of life and property in rains, Thakur said the state suffered a total loss of Rs 625 crore due to damaged roads, water lines and power transmission since July 1.
He said the state government is working on a war footing to restore all the damaged roads, water and power supply at the earliest.
The CM said over 1,000 roads, several bridges, Public Works Department’s (PWD) property; water lines had been fully or partially damaged due to heavy rains.
He said the PWD suffered the highest loss of Rs 323 crore followed by Rs 269 crore loss to the irrigation and public health department.
Thakur said the state government has not been able to assess the damage to the agriculture and horticulture crops as the rains are still continuing.
He said after the Monsoons, the state government will send a detailed memorandum to the Government of India to provide additional funds to Himachal Pradesh for relief and rehabilitation measures in the wake of damage due to rains.