Inclement weather and thick fog disrupts normal life


Heavy monsoon rainfall in the Shivalik hills of Himachal Pradesh flooded Chandigarh and other towns in the North West India and thick fog also disrupted the vehicular and air services partly. The most of water tributaries and rivers which were overflowing for last two days, wreaked havoc in Chandigarh and its nearby suburbs today.


The Delhi-Shimla flight was delayed as it could not take off for a couple of hours at Shimla airport due to the formation of a thick layer of fog in the vicinity and overcasting of thick clouds in the region. The flight took off after a couple of hours delay as Weather Department did not give green signal to it. Earlier Delhi Shimla air flight had also landed after taking several sorties over the airport.


Meanwhile the heavy downpour lashed in the foothills which choked down many drains and filled the water in the plains. Nahan in Sirmaour district got highest 65 mm rainfall, tourist resort Renuka got 47 mm rainfall, Pachhad 43 mm, Sangrah 32 mm and Paonta Sahib 21 mm. Naina Devi recorded 42 mm rainfall, Kotkhai of Shimla 25 mm, Una 17 mm, Kumarsen of Shimla 16 mm, Shimla town 13 mm, Hamirpur 12 mm, Nadaun 11 mm and Banjar in Kullu 10 mm respectively.


The maximum temperature declined marginally as Shimla was recorded high at 21.5 degrees, Sundernagar 30.4 degrees, Bhuntar 31 degrees, Kalpa 20.8 degrees, Dharamshala 29.6 degrees, Una 32.8 degrees, Nahan 25.9 degrees, Solan 26.4 degrees, Manali 23 degrees and Kangra 32.1 degrees respectively. There are warning of heavy rainfall in some parts of the mid and foot hills and rainfall at most places in the State during the next 24 hours.

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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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