High threat of avalanches in Himachal ; two already hit Lahaul & Spiti


By : Mohan Verma

There is no end of weather vagaries in this hill state as thawing snow is looming high threat of avalanches in Lahaul & Spiti district, Kinnaur and Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh is forcing district administration to sound high alert down the snowline areas.

After clear weather in Himachal, lives still loom under danger as two avalanches have already hit the parts of Lahaul & Spiti in last 24 hours, moreover, district administration has sounded alert for people to stay inside their houses.

Report arriving from Keylong, district headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti said that an avalanche hit at Thirot village of Lahaul valley at 1030 hours yesterday as weather became clear after heavy snowfall.

It did not claimed loss of life and major danger was to properties but it blocked the flow of Chenab river for more than 12 hours but it did not caused any threat to life as there was no locality near the artificial lake but it thaw down later slowly receding the level of water.

Last night another avalanche also came down on the Chenab river near Ratoli village about 5 kilometers near Udaipur town of Lahaul valley. Luckily it also did not caused much loss to property but it also reported blocking the flow of river.

Keylong town is clad in 2 feet thick snowfall and Sisoo about 4 feet, district administration had asked the people to not come out of their houses as threat of avalanches is still looming high in the locality situated under glaciers.

No report of snowfall is today form anywhere in the state but rainfall lashed few parts of the state as Kheri in Chamba district had 62 mm rain, Dalhousie 18 mm, Baldwara in Mandi district 13 mm, Manali in Kullu district 7 mm, Bajaura 6 mm and Saluni in Chamba district 5 mm.

Night temperature again plunged with clearing of weather as Keylong was coldest at minus 10 degrees which was a fall of 4 degrees from yesterday, Manali minus 2 degrees, Kalpa in Kinnaur minus 1.4 degrees, Bhuntar 2 degrees, Chamba 4 degrees, Sundernagar, Shimla, Solan and Dalhousie 5 degrees each, Una, Kangra, Palampur, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Mandi 6 degrees each, Dharamshala 7 degrees and Nahan in Sirmaur district 8 degrees.

The Met. office forecast mainly dry weather in next 24 hours.

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