Snowfall, rain trigger cold waves in Himachal

Himachal
Vacation Travel News

MANALI/SHIMLA:
With frequent
spells of snowfall and freezing temperature in May end, weather in Himachal
seems to have turned ‘uncommon’ which has made life miserable for both people
and administration.
Snowfall in Himachal
High hills of
Himachal, including Lahaul valley, are getting heavy snowfall on Thursday.
Keylong in Lahaul has received 5cm snow; fresh snow accumulation at Gulaba has
reached nearly 10cm while it is over 20cm on Rohtang pass. Jalori pass on
Kullu-Shimla bypass is also experiencing snowfall while almost all hills in
Chamba, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Kangra with height more than 12,000
are receiving heavy snowfall since Thursday morning. The active western
disturbances are causing rain in mid and low hills of the state. The mercury
has plunged in all parts of Himachal and its freezing in high
altitude areas.

Border Roads
Organization (BRO) has lost its predetermined target of April 15 to open
Rohtang for vehicular traffic as snowfall has again blocked a large portion of
highway which was recently opened. “We had opened 32km Manali-Marhi highway
from south of Rohtang and from north side it was 5km beyond Koksar. Frequent
snowfall is not allowing us to work continuously and now we’ll have to remove
snow from Gulaba (26km) and Koksar one more time,” BRO commander Colonel Yogesh
Nair said. On other side, Baralacha-la on Manali-Leh highway is also getting
heavy snowfall; BRO will restart its snow clearance operation from Darcha in
Lahaul.

Snowfall on
higher reaches and cold waves in lower valleys are nightmare for farmers and
fruit growers. Snow in Lahaul is delaying sowing of peas, one of the two cash
crops of district, apple growers in Kullu, Shimla and Mandi fear damage to
apple crop which is on its blooming stage. Bringing slight shivers back, state
capital Shimla experienced moderate rain all the day.

In last 24 hours,
minimum temperature in Himachal had increased by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius which
is again likely to drop by many notches. At 0.5 degrees Celsius, Keylong
witnessed coldest night in the state. Minimum recorded temperature in Manali
(7.4), Shimla (11.7), Kalpa (4.2), Dharamshala (11.6) and Solan (9.7) was
higher than that of Wednesday but forecast is for even more drop in it in next
24 hours.

According to
Shimla meteorological office, the active western disturbances shall bring more
snowfall and rain in nest 24 hours. “Mid and low hills of Himachal may witness
thundershowers and hailstorms in next 24 hours,” weatherman predicted.
 
Landslide at
Nehru Kund
Five
years after a devastating landslide had killed nearly a dozen people at Nehru
Kund, 7km from Manali, another landslide on Wednesday evening has wreaked havoc
in the area. Huge boulders came down on the highway and a vehicle was damaged
partially. Luckily nobody was injured in the incident. The area near Nehru Kund
is witnessing landslides for a decade. Manali SDM Vinay Dhiman said nobody was
injured in the incident and a Tata Sumo that was plying the route was hit by a
small boulder.

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