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 overall loss to private property is estimated to be about Rs 200 crore. A total of 4377 roads in the state have been affected resulting in huge losses and disruption of normal life. The losses on this account have been assessed as Rs. 1221.45 crore. The entire stretch of National highway from Wangtu to Sumdo has been washed away at various places. This part of the highway is maintained by BRO and has suffered a loss of about Rs 40 crore.
The Irrigation and Public Health (I&PH) schemes have also suffered extensive damages all over the state in general, and district Kinnaur in particular. Total loss to these schemes has been estimated as Rs. 256.78 crore covering 2763 schemes including 109 Flood Protection works. There are reports of damage caused to standing Kharif crops affecting 20,573 hectare of land with a loss to the tune of Rs. 200 crore. There has also been extensive damage to fruit crops in the district of Kinnaur and some other parts of the State. These losses have been assessed as Rs 302 crore. The total area affected is 81,458 hectare. In addition permanent damage to 3500 hectare horticultural land valued at Rs 4.52 crore has been reported.Electricity infrastructure too got severely damaged, especially in district Kinnaur, including operational and under construction power projects. The loss on this account has been assessed as Rs 475 crore.A lot of community assets in the state like, Panchayat Ghars, Mahila Mandal Bhawans, Community Centers, Village Paths etc. have been damaged resulting in a loss of over Rs 165 crore.
Total cumulative losses suffered by the state have been estimated as Rs 2892 crore.
During this calamity in the state, the State government has done its best to provide immediate succor to the affected regions and people. I wish to inform the house of some of the significant steps we have taken so far, he added.
Funds to the tune of Rs 129.24 crore were released to various departments and the Deputy Commissioners to provide immediate relief and carry out restoration works. A detailed memorandum of losses seeking liberal financial support from the National Disaster Response Funds (NDRF) has been submitted to the Government of India and a central team for assessment of losses has already visited the state from 23rd to 25th of July. In the meantime, the state has obtained from the Government of India, the first installment of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to the tune of Rs 68 crore and we too have released the state share of Rs 15 crore.
The Council of Ministers in its meeting on 5th of July approved an enhanced package of compensation to the farmers affected due to the torrential rains and snowfall during this period. He further added that the Disaster management cells in the state and districts have been activated and shall remain full operational during the entire monsoon period.
Agriculture and horticulture department have been directed to prepare a long-term rehabilitation plan for the affected farmers to facilitate their timely rehabilitation.
Restoration of the damaged public utilities such as roads, water supply and irrigation schemes, electricity etc. has been undertaken on a war footing, and it is being ensured that normalcy is returned in the shortest possible time. All the concerned departments of the government have put in their best efforts in the relief, rescue and rehabilitation measures.
The monsoon fury is still not over; therefore, we are reviewing the situation on a daily basis and taking all required steps to deal with the emerging situation. The government is committed to provide all possible help, support and relief to the affected people. We shall also ensure full and quick restoration of damaged public infrastructure,he said.