Cold aggravates in HP, tourists advised to stay away

  • PTI, Shimla
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 18:53 IST

The intense cold wave conditions further aggravated in most parts of Himachal pasts as minimum temperatures dipped by few notches while power and water supply remained suspended for fifth day in Kullu and Manali, prompting the government to issue an advisory to tourists to avoid visiting the areas till situation returned to normal.

"The electricity, water and other services have not been restored in Kullu and Manali and no target date of restoration of services has been fixed and as such the tourists are advised to avoid visiting these places and plan their visit only after the administration gives a green signal," a police advisory said.

The road from Kullu to Manali via the left bank of Beas is still closed while the road from right bank has been opened for single lane light vehicular traffic.

As many as 28 persons, including a woman and two children, are struck near Mari and 332 roads are closed in the district.

The cold wave further aggravated in the region and Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti recorded minimum temperatures at minus 12.1 degrees Celsius while high altitude tribal areas reeled under freezing cold with mercury staying 15 to 20 degrees below freezing point.

Manali, covered under thick blanket of snow, shivered at minus 4.8 degrees Celsius while Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Bhuntar minus 2.6, Sundernagar 0.2, Solan 0.5 and Chamba 1.6, Shimla and Una 2, Mandi 3.2, Nahan and Kangra 3.7, Dharamsala 4, Dalhousie 5.7 and Hamirpur 6.9 degrees Celsius.

The region had a bright day today and maximum temperatures rose marginally with Sundernagar and Una recording a high of 18.7 and 18 degrees Celsius, followed by Solan 17, Nahan 16.3, Shimla 13.5, Bhunter 12.6 and Kalpa 6 degrees Celsius.

All major roads in Shimla district have been opened but 34 roads in interior areas, mainly in Rohroo are still closed.

The local Met department has predicted dry weather in the state for next six days.

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