Heavy snow and thundershowers lash Himachal, roads disrupted

Shimla: Heavy snowfall on the high reaches and thundershowers in the down streamed lashed many part of Himachal Pradesh disrupting road and vehicular traffic as cold wave unabated life in the state.

Owing to low pressure developed over Rajasthan, entire Northwest India is under the inclement weather conditions.

The Met office said that heavy snowfall on the high reaches, Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul Spiti district, Marhi, Jalori Jot of Kullu, lofty Dhouladhar ranges in Kangra district, Kinner Kailesh and Shirkhand Kailesh peaks in Kinnuar, Churdhar and Dodra Kawar
regions, Manimesh, Baralacha and Sach Passes, Dhalouse were reported to be under a thick blanket of fresh snow.

District Administration of Lahaul Spiti has issued an advisory for the people to remain inside their houses as avalanches could be triggered in high reaches.

It was snowing in most of the district when this report was being filed and Koksar had recorded 30 cm snowfall, Keylong and Udaipur 4 cm each and Kaza in Spiti valley 5 cm.

Reports from Kinnuar said that Kalpa had recorded 15 cm snowfall and Reckong Peo 10 cm, Pooh and Chitkul, last bordering village is buried under 3 to 4  feet snow cover

Hindustan Tibet National Highway 22 is not open for vehicular traffic between Reckong Peo and Pooh and between Tapri and Recong Peo.

This  capital town lashed with thunder showers and insistent rain along with thick flakes of snow forcing the people to remain home bound while employees and student had to brave cold wave.

Tourist resort Kufri and Narkanda have received 10 and 15 cm of fresh snowfall forcing the NH-22 close for vehicular traffic. Kharapather did get 25 cm snowfall disrupting vehicular traffic between Theog-Chopal, Theog-Jubbal Kotkhai and Rohru again.

In Kullu district tourist resort Manali had 2 cm fresh snowfall and vehicular traffic has been disrupted at places.

Photo: Amit

Mohan Verma is a seasoned journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for news agencies and fast paced online media.

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