Continuous rainfall and low atmospheric pressure in Himachal resulted in snowfall on Seven Sisters peaks in Kullu valley on Monday. No reports of snowfall from Rohtang, Baralacha-la and other peaks.
Situated at around 30km north of Manali and ranging from 15,000 to 16,250 feet high, the Seven Sisters peaks have received snow after 2 months. Generally these peaks (seven consecutive peaks) experience heavy snowfall round the year but due to high temperature it could not snow in summers this year. Dhundi, the base of peaks, recorded the minimum temperature of 8 degrees Celsius on Monday.
According to border roads organization officer commandant Praveen Yerunkar, last year all high altitude peaks around Manali including 13,050 feet high Rohtang pass, which is adjacent to Seven Sisters, had witnessed good snowfall even in June and July. “Following heavy snowfall, Manali-Leh highway was blocked many times last summer but no traces of snow this time,” he said. Commandant added that heavy rainfall has damaged the highway in many places but it was open to traffic.
Chandigarh-Manali highway was blocked for more than four hours after a massive landslide at Aut village in Mandi district. The highway was opened for vehicular movement on Monday morning.
This is the time for ripening of apples that need a specific temperature. Fall in temperature may result in undersized fruits with lack of colour. Shally Paul, a horticulturist in Chhiyal village of Kullu said the apples are very small in shape and are in process to obtain colour. “Sun and heat are must for a good quality fruit. If temperature falls consistently, it could prove fatal to apple. We are praying for a warm weather till mid September,” he said.