"We are trying our best to provide relief to victims within the available resources," Singh said while replying to a question in the assembly.

He said that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to expedite the early release of Rs.1,972.08 crore based on the damage estimates, so restoration and relief works could be taken up fast.

"There was much damage in Uttarakhand, but somehow the media exaggerated figures," he said. Singh said that the deaths due to rains in the state from June 15-17 had risen to 64 and losses were pegged at Rs 2,934.05 crore.

A total of 9,812 buildings got damaged and 24,390 animals died. Four persons went missing. He said that maximum damage was reported from Kinnaur district where 23 people died.

The minister said that the Centre had provided Rs 68.12 crore relief in the first installment and another amount of Rs 69 crore was due for release.

He said that the state had released Rs.129.24 crore for relief works. Raising the issue, former State Revenue Minister Gulab Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party said that there was difference in the relief being distributed to victims in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

"In Uttarakhand, the relief in case of death, handicap and damage to house is on the higher side against Himachal. The state needs to review its relief manual and take up with the central government to give additional relief to the victims here," he said.

(Agencies)

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