Snowfall in Himachal, 4 killed in rain-related incidents

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Snowfall in Himachal, 4 killed in rain-related incidents

Shimla, Apr 6 (PTI) The higher hills and tribal areas of

Himachal Pradesh had another spell of moderate snowfall while

Shimla was lashed by hailstorm and squall for the second day

and lower hills experienced widespread rains, disrupting

normal life.

The rain-related incidents have claimed four lives, 15

heads of cattle perished in lightning, 35 kachha houses and

five cow sheds were badly damaged, while roofs of some schools

blown away by fierce winds, Chief Secretary V C Pharka said.

Two persons were killed and eight injured when a lightning

hit them at Khadaan village in Rampur subdivision of Shimla

yesterday, while one person and 15 head of cattle were killed

in a lightning strike at Dharjot village in Baijnath

subdivision of Kangra district.

Another man had died reportedly after an accidental fall

in Sundernagar subdivision of Mandi district, he said.

The Shimla-Kalka National Highway caved in near diversion

to ISBT where work on construction of ropeway is in progress

and vehicular traffic including the buses have been diverted

to old bus stand, Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rohan Chand

Thakur said after visiting the spot.

The National Highway officials have been asked to take

immediate measures to ensure that the sliding of hill did not

aggravate, he added.

Shimla and surrounding areas were lashed by severe

hailstorm which blew off boards and hoardings, twisted TV

antennas and reduced visibility considerably, forcing vehicles

to run with headlights on even during the day.

The Hindustan-Tibet National Highway was closed due to

landslides and snow from Pangi Nallah to Shipkila.

Shimla received 62.2 mm of rains, while Kalpa in Kinnaur

had 16 cm of snow and 52 mm rains which broke the record of

2002.

Director Meteorological Department Manmohan Sharma said

12.3 mm actual rainfall has been experienced in the state

as against normal rainfall of 2.6 mm yesterday, which is 381

per cent from normal.

Chitkul, Kalpa and other higher hills received 16 cm to 25

cm of snow, while Rohtang, Kunzam, Saach and Chansel passes

had 15 cm to 30 cm of fresh snow. Marhi, Keylong, Koksar had

eight to 10 cm of fresh snow.

The region experienced widespread rains and Kalpa had 70.4

mm participation, while Kumarsain, Shimla and Manali received

56.4 mm, 55.7 mm, and 50.4 mm rains, respectively, till this

evening, followed by Bhuntar (50), Rampur (47), Bajaura (46),

Jubbal (37), Sunnibaji and Bhoranj (32), Dalhaosie (30),

Mashobra (28), Sarahan (27), Khadrala, Solan and Sujanpur (all

26), Keylong and Nadaun (25).

The maximum temperature dropped to 4.6 degrees Celsius at

Kalpa, while minimum temperature hovered around freezing

point. Una was hottest with maximum temperature at 32.0

degrees Celsius, followed by Sundernagar (30.8), Bhuntar and

Nahan (both 28), Solan (25.4), Dharamsala (24.6), Shimla

(21.1) and Kalpa (4.6).

The minimum temperatures remained low across the region

and Keylong recorded a low of 1.6 degrees Celsius, followed by

Manali (3.6), Shimla (6.3), Dharamsala (10.8), Bhuntar (11),

Palampur (12), Solan (12.2), Nahan (12.9), Sundernagar (13.7)

and Una (17.5).

The local MeT office has predicted rains or snow in mid

and higher hills over next two days and thundershowers at many

places in lower hills over next two days.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.