South-west monsoon may advance in Himachal : IMD


By : Mohan Verma

Indian Meteorological Department yesterday said that south-west monsoon system may advance, following increasing of humidity level as pre-monsoon showers were lashing many parts of the state.

Recent inclement weather conditions owing to cyclonic conditions in the north-west Himalayan and now pre-monsoon showers have increased the sudden humidity level which was nearly 90 percent on Tuesday, IMD officers and Shimla Met Office Director Manmohan Singh told media.

Normally monsoon set in the state nearly in June but present weather conditions having evenly distributed clouds and pre-monsoon showers might advance this system in the state.

South-west monsoon now touching north-east hills would move back to north-west India and it would become active there after, but the exact date of its arrival is uncertain as it could be normal.

Present inclement weather conditions were keeping depression over Mandi district, which could bring heavy downpour along with hailstorm. People would get respite from humid weather soon as pre-monsoon showers would be evenly lashed this hill state.

In tribal district weather was mainly dry but due to enough snowfall in last winters and subsequent snowfall in summers, Kunzum Pass could not throw open so far, forcing the district administration of Lahaul & Spiti to deploy the essential commodity to Spiti valley and district sub headquarter Kaza to push via Kinnaur district.

Hindustan-Tibet National Highway 22 is partly disrupted following frequent landslides near Tapri in Kinnaur district forcing the administration to divert vehicular traffic. Official said that vehicular traffic was also plying on this road but it was often closed with frequent landslides and rolling down of boulders on the National Highway.

Winter and recent rainfall also pose major challenge for normal vehicular traffic in the road of apple belt especially Theog-Gumma road as it was filled with filth and pot-holes at several places.

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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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