Chief Minister Thakur Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu today visited the site of the massive landslide at Summerhill, Phagli in Shimla and Jadon village of Mamligh in Solan district reviewed the relief and rehabilitation works being carried out during the rescue operations.
The Chief Minister stayed at the spot for about one and a half hours and supervised the relief and rescue operations. He asked the officials to speed up the rescue operations.
Army as well as SDRF, NDRF, ITBP, Police and Home Guard personnel and local people are involved in relief and rescue operations.
While talking to the reporters, the Chief Minister said that due to the last Monday of the month of Sawan, people had come to the Shiva temple in Summerhill and suddenly a landslide occurred here, due to which many people are feared to be buried under the debris.
Eight bodies have been tracef from the debris and the work of evacuating people is going on. He said that incidents of cloudbursts and landslides have come to the fore in many parts of the state.
There has been a lot of damage to life and property. The Chief Minister said, he paid the tribute to the people who lost their lives in the accident. He assured the affected families that the state government stood by them in this hour of calamity.
He said that all the affected families would be provided all possible help by the state government.
The Chief Minister said that the state had not recovered from the damage caused by the rains that occurred on July 7 to 11 last month, and that due to continuous rains for the last two-three days, the troubles have increased, during which many people have lost their lives in the state. .
He said that till 1100 hrs on Monday, 21 deaths have been reported in the entire state due to the continuous rains since last 48 hours and this figure may still increase.
Because many people are still buried under the debris. He said that the state government is constantly monitoring the situation. He himself is in constant touch with the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts and is taking information from them moment by moment.
The Chief Minister said that the water level of the state’s rivers has increased and in such a situation the administration needs to be vigilant. He also appealed to the people of the state to be careful and advised them to stay away from rivers and drains.
After Summerhill, Thakur Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu reached Fagli to take stock of the landslide. Four people have died in the accident in Fagli, while five people have been saved. The Chief Minister said that personnel of SDRF, NDRF, SSB and ITBP and local administration have been deployed in the rescue operation.
He spoke to the relatives of the deceased and consoled them. During this, he was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil, Public Works Minister Vikramaditya Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mohan Lal Brakta, MLA Harish Janartha, Deputy Commissioner Aditya Negi and Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Gandhi, among others. Administrative officers were present.
Earlier, the Chief Minister held a meeting with Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena, Principal Secretary Bharat Kheda, Home Secretary Dr. Abhishek Jain and Special Secretary Revenue DC Rana at his official residence Oak Over and discussed the situation arising out of heavy rains. The Chief Minister directed that bailey bridges should be made to restore the closed roads immediately and all possible help should be provided to the affected.