Life out of gear in Himachal after insistent rain and snowfall


By : Mohan Verma

Insistent rain or snow experienced in most parts of this hill state for last four days completely disrupted the life of people here.

After few hours of sunshine in the morning the rain or snowfall occurred in this hill state. Including major tourist resorts, many parts of this hill state experienced snowfall. Met department recorded 25 cm snowfall at Bharmaur, Shimla 6 centimeter, Manali 5 centimeter, Bijahi in Mandi district 3 cm, Kalpa in Kinnaur district 2.3 cm and Keylong in Lahaul & Spiti district and Moorang in Kinnaur district 1 cm each.

Dharamshala in Kangra district had 25 mm rain, Kandaghat in Solan district 22 mm, Saluni in Chamba district, Bilaspur 21 mm each, Kasauli 20 mm, Dharampur in Mandi district 19 mm, Nahan in Sirmaur district and Solan 18 mm each.

There are reports of rainfall from Sundernagar in Mandi district, Jubbaratti in Shimla district, Jogindernagar in Mandi district Manali in Kullu district, Gaggal in Kangra district and Rohru in Shimla district.

Hindustan Tibet National highway no. 22 remained disrupted throughout the day after mounting of snowfall at tourists resort like Kufri and Narkanda, forcing the district administration to ply vehicular traffic via Basantpur to Rampur and Kinnaur district. Most places in upper Shimla district were bounded under snowfall.

People have to brave coldwave, snow and rain during the day work especially employees, workers and businessmen. The movement of people were very thin in the market places due to inclement weather and snowfall.

Minimum temperature of Bharmaur, Keylong and Kalpa was at minus 9, minus 3 and minus 2 degrees respectively. Tourist resort Dalhousie minus 0.6 degrees and Manali 0.2 degrees.

This capital town 1 degrees, Nahan in Sirmaur district 3.7 degrees, Solan and Palampur of Kangra district 5 degrees each, Bhuntar in Kullu district 6 degrees. Sundernagar in Mandi district, Una and Chamba 7 degrees each. Hamirpur 8 degrees, Bilaspur and Kangra 9 degrees each.

The Met. office forecast rain or snowfall at some parts of middle hills and high reaches and dry weather in the foot hills.

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