More snowfall, rain in HP; life disrupted

              People push a vehicle through a snow covered street after the season’s first snowfall in Shimla 


Moderate to heavy snowfall and rain lashed many places in Himachal Pradesh on the second day on Sunday, throwing life out of gear while more than 600 tourists struck in the hills overlooking the tourist resort Manali in Himachal Pradesh due to snow have been rescued, an official.

Many parts of Punjab and Haryana also received moderate to heavy rainfall for the second day, bringing relief to the farmers.

Union Territory Chandigarh received 74.3 mm rain until early Sunday morning, a MeT Department official said here.

However, heavy rain disrupted life as power supply was affected at some places.

Shimla received snow in upper parts of town, including Jakhu, of over six inches, forcing the locals stay indoors. Tourists, however, had a tryst with snow as the historic Mall in the Queen of Hills was full of visitors, who made a beeline for Shimla on the weekend after it snowed early on morning Saturday.

The state capital saw a minimum temperature of 0.4 degree Celsius, the season’s lowest, while picturesque Kalpa, 250 km from the state capital, in tribal Kinnaur district was the coldest town in the state with a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

An official of the Meteorological office in Shimla said Kufri and its nearby areas received more than one foot snow. Narkanda, a popular tourist destination,65 km away from Shimla, saw more than two feet snow in the past two days.

As per officials, connectivity on the Kullu-Manali National Highway remained snapped near Patlikuhl, 20 kilometres before Manali.

“The vehicular movement beyond Dhalli, 10 km from Shimla, also remained suspended on Sunday as a large stretch of the Hindustan-Tibet Road was under a thick blanket of snow,” the officials said.

While tribal district of LahaulSpiti is already cut off from rest of the state for snow on Rohtang Pass for the last many days, connectivity to Kinnaur district and main towns in Shimla district, including Narkanda, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kumarsain, Kharapathar, Rohru and Chopal has also been snapped.

The officials said buses from Shimla town to Rampur were plying via Mashobra. The roads in the tourist resorts of Shimla and Manali were too slippery for traffic as these were laden with snow.

Although the Shimla Municipal Corporation and the Public Works Department have cleared snow on Cart Road and some VIP roads, most of the other roads have not been cleared yet. The normal supply of milk and bread was disrupted in many parts of Shimla for snow. Many parts of towns, including Shimla, Kalpa, Manali and Kullu, have plunged into darkness for fault in electricity lines. This has affected water supply as well in these areas. Other hill stations like Kasauli, Barog and Solan experienced rainfall.

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