China News Service, August 17th, comprehensive foreign media reports, local time August 16th , Onkar Sharma (Onkar Sharma), Chief Secretary for Disaster Management of Himachal Pradesh, India, stated that the heavy rain has caused Himachal Pradesh 71 people died. The state’s Chief Minister Sukhvind Singh Suku said it would take a year to rebuild infrastructure damaged by the torrential rains.
According to the Press Trust of India, local officials in Himachal Pradesh said that the death toll from landslides and flash floods has surged, and rescuers have dug more bodies from the rubble of collapsed buildings.
Anka Sharma said on the 16th: “At least 71 people have died in the past three days, and 13 people are still missing. Since Sunday night, 57 bodies have been found.”
According to the Press Trust of India, due to bad weather, the Indian Ministry of Education ordered all schools in Himachal Pradesh to close on the 16th, and the University of Himachal Pradesh has suspended teaching activities until August 19.
Suku said that this is the most destructive natural disaster that the state has suffered in the past 50 years. He said that Himachal Pradesh also suffered a devastating rainstorm in July, which combined with this week’s rainstorm caused a total loss of about 100 billion rupees.
Suku said that it is expected that Himachal Pradesh will take a year to rebuild the infrastructure damaged by heavy rains. The government is working hard to speed up the process. “This is a huge challenge.”
According to a report from the Press Trust of India, Uttarakhand, India is another area affected by the torrential rain. On the 14th local time, a local resort suffered a landslide. As of the 16th, the death toll has risen to 10.