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Heavy snowfall in tribal areas of Himachal

 The entire tribal belt and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh experienced another spell of heavy snowfall while mid and lower hills were lashed by intermittent rains disrupting power supply at some places and blocking link roads in the interior areas.



Shimla: The entire tribal belt and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh experienced another spell of heavy snowfall while mid and lower hills were lashed by intermittent rains disrupting power supply at some places and blocking link roads in the interior areas.

The tribal valleys of Lahaul were hit by a blizzard while Kinnaur district, Rohtang, Kunzam and Saach passes received heavy snowfall whereas Palampur in Kangra was lashed by a hailstorm, Met department said today.

The snow storm and hail disrupted power supply at many places in Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu and some other places while over 50 roads were blocked due to snowfall.

However, all major state and national highways in non- tribal areas were through for vehicular traffic.

Keylong and Kalpa in tribal areas received 60 cm and 45 cm of snow while Rohtang Pass and upper Manali region received 60 cm to 100 cm of fresh snowfall.

Manali had 15 cm of fresh snow while Chitkul and Sangla valleys recorded 50 cm and 15 cm of snow.

Most parts of Lahual valley, parts of Kinnaur and some areas in Kullu district were without power while 65 roads in Rampur, Kullu, Dalhousie and Chamba were blocked due to snow.

Fifteen roads were opened by this evening while 40 more roads would be opened tomorrow, Superintending Engineer (Works) Ajay Garg said.

All schools in Lahaul-Spiti district have been closed for February 25 and 26 and avalanche threat loomed large over the tribal areas and people have been advised to stay indoors.

Palampur in Kangra district was lashed by a hailstorm this evening causing damage to Stone fruit and Rabi crop.

The hailstorm accompanied by intermittent rains and strong winds caused sharp fall in mercury and people were forced to rush indoors.

The mid and lower hills were lashed by intermittent rains and Dalhousie was wettest in the region with 62 mm rains while Bhandal received 60 mm rains followed by Chamba 45 mm, Saloni 44 mm, Kheri 35 mm, Bhuntar 30 mm, Kasol 31 mm, Seobagh 30 mm, Manali and Karsog 25 mm, Banjar and Bijahi 24 mm, Dehra Gopipur 23 mm, Jubbarhatti and Mashobra 23 mm, Shimla 21 mm, Dharamsala 19 mm and Seobag and Bhandal 16 mm.

The maximum day temperatures dropped by three to five degrees and Una was hottest in the region with a high of 24.4 degrees followed by Nahan 19.7 degrees, Solan 17.5 degrees, Dharamshala 17.4 degrees, Sundernagar 16.4 degrees, Shimla 11.1 degrees, Bhunter 8 degrees and Kalpa 0.6 degree Celsius.

The minimum temperatures remained steady and Kalpa was coldest in the region with a low of minus 4 degrees followed by Keylong?minus 1.7 degrees, Manali minus 1.2 degrees, Shimla 6.8 degrees, Bhuntar 7 degrees, Dharamsala 8.6 degrees, Palampur 11 degrees, Sundernagar 11.7 degrees, Una 12.5 degrees and Nahan 12.7 degrees Celsius.

The local MeT office has predicted rains or snow at many places in the region till March 3.

From Zee News

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