Shimla, Jan 27
Around 219 roads and four National Highways (NHs) are snowbound and 382 distribution transformer regions are down forcing people to grope in broad day darkness as normal life is derailed due to recent moderate spell of snowfall. The State also witnessed two major avalanches, one in Tinku Nallah of Kinnuar district and another at Chandarbhaga bank of Lahaul valley. State Disaster Management authority spokesperson confirmed that vehicular traffic could not be restored at Tinku Nallah.
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In a detail report released for media this morning SDMA said that NH-05 is blocked at Tinku Nallah (Pooh) as including NH three others roads are snowbound and an avalanche hit in Kinnuar district.
A information just received from Lahaul Spiti said that another avalanche occurred on NH-003 near Atal Tunnel North Portal in Sub Division Lahaul this morning. Due to which the road was blocked and the restoration work is under process.
Manali Leh National Highway ( NH – 003 ) is open for four by 4 vehicles upto Stingari. Darcha Shinkula road is closed for all types of vehicles. Pangi Killar Highway ( SH – 26 ) is open for four by four vehicles from Tandi to Udaipur. Kaza road ( NH – 505 ) is closed from Graphu to Kaza and Sumdo to Rangrik is open for four by four vehicles.
About 136 roads including two NHs are cut off from rest of world as 83 roads are blocked in Udaipur, 48 in Lahaul and five in Spiti Subdivision. In Kullu district ten road including NH-3 at Rohtang Pass & NH 305 at Jalori Pass are closed.
Local people and tourists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel in case of snowfall. In Chamba district seven Subdivision including Tissa, Chamba, Salooni, Bhattiyat , Bharmour and Dalhousie are cut off as 55 roads are snowbound.
Six roads are snow bound in Shimla, four in Mandi three in Kinnuar and Sirmaur, two Kangra.
382 DTR are shutdown, as 354 are down in Chamba, 15 in Lahaul-Spiti, nine in Kinnuar and three in Una and one Mandi. Due to prolonged power cut 72 water lifting schemes are also disrupted in the state, most in Chamba district.
Cold wave and more snowfall likely to increase the weather vagaries of people as mercury has gone down in the last 24 hours.
Met Office predicted Heavy rain or snow from tomorrow onwards. A Yellow alert of heavy rain or snow likely at isolated places over mid and high hills along with Thunderstorm , lightning & hailstorm likely to take place in plains, low and mid hills and high reaches on Jan 29 and 30. It would be mainly dry today and western disturbance likely to effect the state from tomorrow onwards.
Minimum temperature of Keylong was minus 11.2 and down by 4.2 degres in past 24 hrs. Kalpa in Kinnuar was minus 3.4, Manali zero, Shimla four, Solan, Chamba and Dalhousie 3.5, Dharmshala Dharmshala six, Mandi 5.6, Hamirpur 8, Kangra 7 and Bilaspur ten degrees.