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Shimla powerless after snowfall; tourists stranded

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, January 19, 2013
First Published: 10:21 IST(19/1/2013) | Last Updated: 19:29 IST(19/1/2013)

Heavy snowfall has disrupted normal life in the Himachal Pradesh state capital Shimla. There is no power supply in the city since 8 PM last evening and telephone lines have been snapped.

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All local transportation in and out of Shimla were cancelled and thousands braved the bone-chilling weather. 

Many trees have fallen in various localities. The supply of daily needs and newspapers were also affected.

Between one and three feet snow has fallen here since Friday, a Met official said. 

The town, which saw a low of -1.5 degrees Celsius, saw the highest snowfall in the past eight to 10 years, said the official. 

Local civic authorities said overnight snow has caused severe traffic disruption.  The tourists are stranded as many vehicles are stuck on the roads.

Shimla Municipal Corporation deputy mayor Takinder Panwar said that there were reports of the closure of all major roads due to landslides triggered by snowfall.

"We expect to restore electricity, water and road network later today (Saturday)," he said. 

There were five incidents of road blocks due to falling of trees, but none of them were serious, Panwar added.

With inputs from IANS


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