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Himachal CM requests PM to declare rain-caused calamity in state national disaster

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SHIMLA, Sept 10: Himachal Pradesh chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has requested Prime
Minister Narendra Modi to declare the rain-caused calamity in the hill state a national disaster.
Sukhu was the only chief minister from the Congress-ruled states who attended a dinner hosted by
President Droupadi Murmu for G20 leaders on Saturday.

In a post on X on Sunday, he said: “Had the privilege of addressing the grave aftermath of torrential
rains in Himachal Pradesh during my conversation with Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji after our
G20 Summit dinner. I also requested a special disaster relief package and emphasised the need to
designate this calamity as a ‘national disaster’, highlighting the urgency of the situation.”
An official statement said Sukhu has conveyed the gravity of the damage suffered by the hill state during
the monsoon season to the Prime Minister and appealed to him to declare the rain-related incidents a
“national disaster”.
The chief minister has also told Modi that Himachal Pradesh requires substantial assistance from the
Union government to chart a path towards recovery and requested him to announce a special relief
package for the state.
Sukhu, who had earlier said Himachal Pradesh had suffered losses to the tune of Rs 12,000 crore due to
rain-related incidents this monsoon, has been demanding that the calamity be declared a national
disaster and a special disaster package be announced on the lines of those provided in the aftermath of
the Kedarnath and Bhuj tragedies.
On September 4, the chief minister had reiterated his demand and said he would meet Prime Minister
Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah in this regard if the need arises.
Earlier, the Congress government in the hill state had raised claims of losses to the tune of Rs 6,700
crore suffered till August 10 and sent a detailed report of the damage caused during the monsoon to the
BJP-led Centre.
Himachal Pradesh saw two spells of heavy rain this monsoon. The first on July 9 and 10 led to large-scale
destruction in Mandi and Kullu districts. Shimla and Solan districts were hit during the second spell on
August 14 and 15, and the capital city of Shimla suffered heavy damage as an aftermath.
According to the state emergency operation centre, 418 people have died (265 in rain-related incidents
and 153 in road accidents) since the onset of monsoon on June 24 till September 9, while 39 are missing.
The state has suffered losses of Rs 8,678 crore and the estimates are still pouring in, it said. (PTI)

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