July 14: Himachal Pradesh Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur assured that proper investigation will be done on what led to the collapse of a multi-storey building in which two people including a jawan have died while at least 12 Indian Army personnel are feared trapped under the debris of a guest house building that caved in due to heavy rains in Solan’s Kumarhatti area,55 km from Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla.
Himachal Pradesh CM said, “The NDRF team from Panchkula have reached the spot and medical teams have also reached the spot. Rescue operations is underway. I hope within next few hours rescue operations will conclude. Proper investigation will be done.”
District authorities have launched a rescue operation with a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team on its way from Panchkula. So far, the authorities have rescued 27 people and the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
Director cum Special Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management DC Rana has said that the rescue operation is in full swing and 2 casualties have been reported so far. Additional District Magistrate Vivek Chandel and Deputy Superintendent of Police Yogesh Rolta are reportedly at spot overseeing the rescue efforts.
“As per the latest information, 27 people have been rescued successfully while 2 people died including an Army jawan. Rescue operations are underway. I hope within next few hours rescue operations will conclude. Proper investigation will be done,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has tweeted praying for people trapped inside the debris including the Army jawans.”I wish and pray, the people including army personnel trapped under a building debris in #Solan, #HimachalPradesh are rescued safely,” Gehlot said.
BJP working president JP Nadda has also reacted saying that CM Jai Ram Thakur is personally monitoring the situation. “A building has collapsed in Solan, Himachal Pradesh in which some army personnel are also trapped. I spoke to the Chief Minister of the State, Jai Ram ji for relief operations. He is personally monitoring the incident,” Nadda was quoted by ANI as saying.
According to reports the Army jawans had stopped to have their lunch at the place when the building collapsed. Other Army personnel have reached the spot but they are not adequately equipped and do not have sensors and cutters