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Rain damages houses, cowsheds in Kangra, Mandi, Sirmaur

Moderate to heavy rain lashed several parts of the state in the past 24 hours, partially damaging three kuchha houses each in Kangra and Mandi while one cowshed in Sirmaur, two in Mandi and three in Kangra district were destroyed.The loss in the current monsoon season has shot up to Rs 566 crore which includes the Public Works Department Rs 419.84 crore, Irrigation and Public Health Department 141.84 crore, Electricity Department Rs 2.79 crore and Horticulture Department Rs 2.33 crore. Meanwhile, Rs 3 crore has been released for restoration and rehabilitation in Kotrupi in Mandi district, said Special Secretary (Disaster Management and Revenue) DD Sharma.Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur said the district suffered a loss of Rs 9.55 crore during the season while the loss in the past 24 hours was Rs 48 lakh. Nahan in Sirmaur district was the wettest in the region with 111 mm of rain followed by Gaggal 92 mm, Bangana and Pachhad 72 mm each, Berthin 71 mm, Sangrah 68 mm, Shimla 66 mm, Naina Devi 61, Renuka and Solan 49 mm each, Dharamsala 47 mm, Jhandutta 45 mm, Una 42 mm, Ghumarwin 34 mm, Hamirpur 32 mm, Sundernagar 29 mm, Aghar 26 mm, Mehre 24 mm, Bharari, Sarkaghat and Jubbal 23 mm each, Paonta Sahib, Banjar and Rajgarh 22 mm each.Mashobra was the coldest at night 13.9 degree while Kangra was the hottest with a high of 29.5 degree C.

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