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Declare the Himachal crisis a “national disaster” and rise beyond “party politics,” Priyanka to the Center

<p>Congresswoman Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked on Tuesday that the recent tragedy in Himachal Pradesh brought on by intense monsoon rains be deemed a “national disaster” and urged the Centre to rise beyond “party politics.”<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-176673″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-declare-the-himachal-crisis-a-national-disaster-and-rise-beyond-party-politics-pri.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com declare the himachal crisis a national disaster and rise beyond party politics pri” width=”1204″ height=”674″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-declare-the-himachal-crisis-a-national-disaster-and-rise-beyond-party-politics-pri.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-declare-the-himachal-crisis-a-national-disaster-and-rise-beyond-party-politics-pri-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1204px) 100vw, 1204px” title=”Declare the Himachal crisis a "national disaster" and rise beyond "party politics," Priyanka to the Center 6″></p>
<p>Gandhi asked the Centre to rise above “party politics” without taking into account whether there is a Congress or BJP administration in the state as he toured rain-affected parts of the Kullu district and examined relief and restoration efforts, according to a statement released here.</p>
<p>On July 14 and 15, Kullu and Mandi districts were devastated by flash floods and landslides brought on by persistent rain.</p>
<p>Gandhi praised the people and state government’s attitude toward the crisis when she was at Kullu.</p>
<p>“By banding together and taking the initiative to aid the afflicted families, the people of Himachal have set an example for the country. Gandhi was cited in the release as adding that residents of the state “have come forward to donate for those affected by natural calamities and even did’shram dan’ (physical labor) to open roads washed out by rains or blocked by landslides.”</p>
<p>The leader continued, “The state government is doing far more than it can by using its limited resources to help the affected families, but without the help of the Union government, it is difficult to restore normalcy and finish renovation projects in addition to helping the people.</p>
<p>On her route from Kullu to Manali, the Congress leader stopped in impacted regions, such as the Sangam Bridge at Bhuntar, which was harmed by the Beas river’s overflow during a period of severe rain in July. She also spoke with flood victims at the Aloo Ground in Manali.</p>
<p>The state’s farmers and horticulturists have also endured significant losses, and the Center should take note of their predicament as well. According to Gandhi, certain large industrial companies that specialize in the sale of fruits have lowered the price of the apple harvest, which has resulted in losses for the horticulturists.</p>
<p>Gandhi discussed apple production, shipping, and prices of apple boxes given by the Adani group with Congress workers and local producers before arriving at the Bhuntar airport in Kullu this morning.</p>
<p>The Washington apple’s import tariff has also been decreased by the federal government, which would immediately impact the State’s horticulturists and result in losses for them. The statement noted that the Central leadership need to take into account the advantages for the State’s farmers and horticulturists.</p>
<p>Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the chairman of the state’s Congress and the current Congress representative for the Mandi Parliament seat, as well as Minister Vikramaditya Singh of the Public Works Department, were in attendance with Gandhi.</p>
<p>The Mandi, Shimla, and Solan districts will also be visited by the Congress leader.</p>
<p>Since the beginning of the monsoon on June 24 to September 11, Himachal Pradesh has experienced losses of Rs. 8,679 crore.</p>
<p>According to the state emergency operation center, rain-related disasters have claimed the lives of over 260 individuals.</p>
<p>During the monsoon season, up to 165 landslides and 72 flash floods were recorded. 94 of the 111 landslide fatalities were recorded in the districts of Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, and Solan, while 18 of the 19 deaths from flash floods also occurred in these areas.</p>
<p>The damages have been estimated at Rs 12,000 crore, and Chief Minister Sukhu has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the tragedy in Himachal Pradesh a national disaster.</p>
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