By: ML Verma
Shimla: Many shepherds along with their livestock are believed to be stuck in high reaches of the state due to heavy snowfall in the last three days. Shepherds move up the mountains in the summers with their flocks for grazing every year, but this time they have faced very inhospitable weather due to sudden snowfall.
Expressing concern over the well being of large number of shepherds and their livestock, Lahaul district information Officer Sheir Singh said that there is no news about the whereabouts of some shepherds who had ventured into the high mountains. In the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges too shepherds are believed to be stuck but the district administrations as such have not received any distress calls. Moreover, there has been no effort from the government to locate shepherds in the high reaches.
He said that Rohtang pass, Baralacha, and Kunzum pass received about two-and-half feet of snow whereas Keylong recorded 18 cm snowfall. In Kinnaur too high reaches reported moderate to heavy snowfall.
Shimla recorded 72 mm rainfall during the last 24 hours whereas Rampur had 127 mm, Jubbar-Hatti 108 mm, Sunni Bajji 100 mm and Kumarsen 60 mm, respectively.
Dhauladhar ranges of Kangra reported snowfall and heavy spell of rain in downstream area. Palampur received 40 mm, Baijnath 36 mm, and Dharamsala 14 mm.
In Hamirpur Bangana received 68 mm rainfall, Sujanpur Tira 65 mm, Bhoranj 50 mm, Nadaun 32 mm and Hamirpur 36 mm respectively. In Kullu district Banjar had 58 mm rainfall, Bhuntar 56.2 and Seobagh 53 mm, In Mandi Gohar 124 mm, Sundernagar 71.4 mm, Kasol 69 mm, Kahu 63 mm, Mandi town 52 mm, Karsog 48 mm, Pandoh 43 mm and Baldwara 28mm. Una received 54 mm rain, In Solan, Arki 69 mm, Solan town 44.5 mm and Ghumaewin of Bilaspur 27 mm, respectively.
The met office has forecast mainly dry weather in low and middle hills of the state and rain or thundershowers at isolated parts of high reaches during next 24 hours.