No end of weather vagaries in Himachal

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The normal lives remained paralysed in this Hill State as there is no end to weather vagaries as the fresh Western Disturbances keep the sky overcast further dipping down the Mercury in the day however it slightly improvised during night time. The Met Office again issued the advisory that heavy rainfall and snowfall may occur at some places in the entire State during the next 24 hours.

 

The sky was mainly cloudy today and day temperature dipped by couple of degrees as thick sheet of snow blanket prevailed in many parts of Shimla town and high reaches keeping the people confined to fire places with erratic supply of water and power. Many roads were still snowbound and further snow may worsen the prevailing paralysed lives after eight days of recent heavy snowfall.

 

The power supply could be resumed as local people are helping State Electricity Board short staffs in the snowbound areas. The power was resumed after a week as number of youths from the villages voluntarily pulled the grounded power span to Takoon and Reeyog Village near Narkanda. In Chopal, Jubbal and Kotkhai local villagers assisted the wire-men to resume power however many parts of the rural areas were still to have the power however regular power supply could not be restored in the urban areas. Power supply remained erratic in Benmore and Rajbavan areas of Jakhu and Chauta Shimla in the night.

 

Meanwhile night temperature slightly improvised as Shimla town was at freezing point of 0.5 degree Celsius than that of minus 1.4 degrees recorded yesterday. However in tribal districts, the Mercury continues to plunge several degrees below the freezing point as Keylong in Lahaul Spiti was low at minus 14 degrees, tourist resort Manali minus 6.8 degrees, Kalpa in Kinnaur district minus six degrees, Bhuntar was low at minus 0.8 degrees, Solan minus 0.4 degrees, Sundernagar in Mandi minus 0.2 degrees, Kangra 0.8 degrees, Una 3 degrees, Nahan 5.3 degrees and Dharamshala 7 degrees respectively.

 

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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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