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
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
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.
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