World Bank assures Himachal to assist in the recovery process after natural disasters

 In testing time World Bank not only acknowledged natural disasters caused by Monsoon rains but also assured this hill state in aiding the recovery process.

Auguste Tano Kouame, the Country Director for India, conveyed the Bank’s appreciation in a letter, lauding the Chief Minister’s extraordinary leadership abilities to deal with the natural calamity competently

A state government spokesperson said that World Bank praised the state government for effectively managing the recent calamitous events caused by landslides and flash floods triggered by incessant rains in Himachal Pradesh. 

The WB has further offered to provide full support to the affected date including a comprehensive assessment of the damages. It has offered to conduct an assessment in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to quantify losses suffered in various sectors such as roads, power, water supply, housing, public buildings, irrigation, agriculture, horticulture, livestock, ecological services, etc. 

The letter acknowledged the timely and responsive measures taken by the state including CM’s monitoring and ensuring the safe return of tourists stranded in different parts of the State demonstrating leadership abilities. 

The proposed assessment is intended to play a pivotal role in aiding the recovery process and facilitating the reconstruction efforts. 

Furthermore, the World Bank stands ready to offer technical assistance for recovery and reconstruction, disaster risk management, infrastructure design, ecosystem services, and livelihood resilience.

In response to WB’s letter Chief Minister also stated that the state underwent significant hardships due to the recent devastation and added that it would take at least one year to cover up the damages and restoration works caused by the tragedy.

 He said that so far, a loss of more than Rs. 8000 crore has been estimated and the permanent restoration of lifelines such as roads, bridges, power, and water supply was the priority of the state government. 

He emphasized that this is an exceptionally challenging time for the people of the state, and the support from the World Bank would prove vital in the recovery process.

 The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the World Bank for its generous support to the people of Himachal during testing times.

 With the aid of the World Bank’s assistance, the State can embark on a path of recovery and reconstruction, working towards restoring normalcy, he added.

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