Heavy snowfall brings life to standstill in HP

Two nationwide highways amongst 131 roads closed, most of them in Lahaul and Spiti district; Rohtang tunnel additionally shut after heavy snow

Heavy snowfall within the larger reaches of Himachal Pradesh since Sunday night time has introduced life to a standstill, significantly in Lahaul and Spiti district. A complete of 131 roads, together with two nationwide highways and the Rohtang tunnel, have been blocked for site visitors as a result of inclement climate.

The utmost of 124 roads are closed in Lahaul and Spiti district. Atal Tunnel, Rohtang (ATR) has been closed for site visitors as a foot of snow has been recorded on the North Portal and Sissu. The South Portal of the tunnel has additionally bought snow. The Gramphu to Losar stretch of Nationwide Freeway 505 is blocked too.

Ninety energy distribution transformers, together with 58 in Lahaul and Spiti, have been hit as a result of snowfall, inflicting the suspension of energy provide within the distant areas of the district.

Lahaul and Spiti superintendent of police Manav Verma stated individuals ought to keep away from travelling until the street is cleared by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

Snowfall in Kufri, Pangi valley

ATR North Portal, Koksar and Sissu bought 1.5ft snowfall that’s nonetheless persevering with, whereas Darcha bought 12 inches of snow and Keylong eight inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi and Losar two inches every and Kaza one inch of snow. The three,978-m excessive Rohtang Cross bought 2.5ft snowfall.

The distant Dodra Kwar in Shimla district bought 1ft snowfall, Chopal 2-3 inches and Kufri, Narkanda, Rohru and Khara Pathar skilled gentle snowfall.

Shimla superintendent of police (SP) Monika Bhutungru stated individuals have been suggested to drive cautiously as street circumstances are slippery attributable to delicate snowfall within the morning at Chharabra and Kufri.

“Site visitors is thru however sluggish,” she stated, including {that a} rescue crew from Dhali police station is overseeing operations.

Well-known vacationer resort Narkanda additionally skilled season’s first snowfall. In Kullu, Jalori Jot skilled about 2ft snow.

There was additionally snowfall in Solang nullah and Gulaba whereas Manali city skilled snowflakes.

The distant Pangi valley in Chamba district bought 1-2 inches of snow, whereas Triund, the trekkers’ vacation spot, overlooking Dharamshala additionally obtained the season’s first snowfall.

Rain in Manali, Chamba and Keylong

The center and decrease hills skilled reasonable to gentle rainfall. Manali was the wettest with 24mm of rainfall, whereas Chamba bought 23mm, Mandi 17.2mm, Keylong 15mm, Bhunter 14mm, and Palampur 12.4mm rainfall. Different components of the state additionally obtained gentle rainfall.

The recent spell of snow has led to most temperatures plummeting by a number of levels. The minimal temperatures have been 2-3 levels above regular.

Keylong was the coldest place within the state with an evening temperature of minus 3.4 levels Celsius adopted by minus 1 diploma C in Kufri. Kalpa recorded a low of minus 0.2 diploma C, whereas the minimal temperature in Manali was 0 diploma.

State capital Shimla noticed a low of 5.1 levels Celsius, whereas Dalhousie recorded an evening temperature of two.6, Dharamshala 7.8 and Palampur 7 levels Celsius.

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