Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has sought Rs.1,000 crore central assistance for the damage caused by heavy rain in the State.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, chief minister has demanded immediate release of funds to speed up rescue operations, mainly in the remote Kinnaur district.

It’s learned that government was assessing the cumulative loss by the rains around Rs.2,575 crore and Rs.1,500 crore has been assessed in Kinnaur alone, where more then 400 houses were damaged and most of its roads, main or link have been reported damaged badly. The horticulture and agriculture sectors have also suffered heavily due to the flood.

The chief minister, in his communiqué to the prime minister, also demanded the BRO’s director general to monitor the restoration of the main highway passing through Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.