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Himachal Pradesh CM seeks Rs 1,000 cr immediate relief from Central government

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought an immediate relief of Rs 1,000 crore for restoration works in the flood-affected areas of the state.

Singh told the Prime Minister that so far 24 lives were lost in the state while 1,239 people have been evacuated to safer places.

He said the government has carried out rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations on a massive scale by engaging its entire machinery, besides support from Army, ITBP, Border Roads Organisation and other agencies.

Kinnaur district of the state, the chief minister said, is the worst affected which received unprecedented 1229 per cent above normal rainfall from 15 to 17 June.

Singh said the state government has released funds of Rs 28 crore as an immediate relief measure.

He said the loss to private property is estimated at around Rs 100 crore, while 2,120 roads in the state have been badly affected resulting in a loss of over Rs 1,000 crore.
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