Tourists resort Manali records 15 cm fresh snowfall


By: ML Verma

Shimla (Jan 12): Inclement weather and intense cold wave kept life out of gear for the six day in continuation today as Manali, Shimla and Kalpa recorded more snowfall during the last 24 hours. The state administration claimed that it rescued 40 snowbound people
after introducing emergency tribal chopper flights from Bhuntar to two helipads of Lahaul and Spiti this afternoon.

Tourist resort Manali experienced 15 cm fresh snowfall, Shimla 8.4 cm and Kalpa in Kinnuar 5.6 cm, respectively. Nearby tourists resort Kufri, Narkanda, Chail and Mashobar also received 10 to 15 cm fresh snowfall.

Rain also lashed few parts of the state as Gohar in Mandi registered 8 mm rain, Seobagh in Kullu 6 mm, Bhuntar and Karsog of Mandi 4 mm each and Jogindernagar 2 mm, respectively. According to secretary, general administration, Ajay Bhandari, as many
as 40 people were rescuced from the snow-bound Lahaul-Spiti district today as three sorties were conducted from Bhuntar to Stingeri and Bhuntar to Udaipur this afternoon.

Intense cold and snowy took three lives in the state during last 24 hours as two people were buried under a house covered with heavy snow while one died of cold in Chamba district,
ADM Chamba Sunil Kumar confirmed. Till now six deaths have been reported due to intense cold. Vehicular traffic remained disrupted in the capital town as hundreds of small vehicles were trapping under the snow carpet.

The night temperature showed slight improvement as Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti recorded minus 10.4 degree Celsius, Kalpa in Kinnaur minus 5.6 degrees, Manali minus 2 degrees, Shimla minus 1.8 degrees and Solan minus 1.4 degrees, respectively.

Una was low at two degrees, Palampur 2.5 degrees, Dharmshala 2.7 degrees, Sundernagar 3.6 degrees and Bhuntar 3.5 degrees, Mandi four degrees and Nahan 6.4 degrees, respectively. The Met office forecast fresh Western Disturbance (W.D) as an upper
air system has been seen building over the western Himalayan region and adjoining plains.

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

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