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Heavy snowfall continues in Himachal for second day

Bhawani Negi, Hindustan Times  Shimla, February 05, 2013
First Published: 19:23 IST(5/2/2013) | Last Updated: 19:24 IST(5/2/2013)

Heavy snowfall in the high mountainous region of Shimla for the second consecutive day on Monday has thrown normal life out of gear.

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The fallout has disrupted the electricity and communication system, bringing transport services to a standstill.

Strong winds lashed across the state with unabated cold conditions that further intensified.

According to Metrological Department, during the last 24 hours snowfall and rain occurred in most of the parts of the state and the maximum temperature decreased by 5 to 6 degree Celsius without much change in minimum temperatures.

Till 8.30am on Monday the snowfall recorded from various parts of the state had Rohtang recording 60 to 80 cms snow, Kalpa 55 cms , Keylong 35 cms, Manali 14 cms, Udaipur 30 cms, Tabo 25 cms , Rupi 20 cms, Kilba 12 cms and Sarahan 8 cms.

Rainfall lashed across the other parts of the state.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district was the coldest with the minimum temperature at -3.4 degree Celsius followed Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district by at -1.9 and Manali in Kullu district at -1.2 degree Celsius.

The minimum temperatures stood at 2.8 degree Celsius in Shimla.

In the other parts of the state the minimum temperatures recorded were in 8.6 Sundernagar, 5.0 Bhunter, 4.2 Dharamsala, 9.4 Una, 6.2 Nahan and 6.5 Solan.

The maximum temperatures in Shimla that was 7.6 degree Celsius on Monday, dipped to 6.3 on Tuesday, Una  16.2 to 15.4, Nahan 14.0 to 12.4 and Solan 13.0 to 12.0 degree Celsius.

Meteorological Department director that disclosed heavy snowfall would continue to occur at few places over mid and high reaches of the state, while heavy rainfall or thundershowers would occur at few places over mid and low hills in the next 24 hours. Possibility of snowfall still continues in Shimla.

Meanwhile, the normal life was thrown out of gear in most of the parts in the state with disruption of routes and power. The Kinnaur district plunged into darkness with power cut in most parts since 11.30am.

Kinnaur deputy commissioner (DC), JM Pathania said, "The entire region is covered under a thick blanket of snow, about 4 to 5 feet of snow in various parts after snowfall since Monday morning. All the roads in across the district are blocked for the vehicular traffic."

An avalanche has been reported at Tinku Nallha, 3 places in Ralli, Lal dhank and Garma pani areas, he said.     

"While damage to property is yet to be assessed, so far there has been no loss of life reported from across the district this time. The involvement of panchayats to issue communicate advisory to the inhabitants not to venture out has been fruitful. Chansu Pradhan had informed that the some villagers had been shifted to safer places," said Pathania.


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