Shimla, March 25- Thunderstorms, landslides & Snow, throw life out of gear in HP
Many places of Una and Sirmaur remained in darkness, also Snow and landslide disrupted vehicular traffic between, Manali-Keylong, Manali-Udaipur and Tandi -Killar Highway, informed authorities.
State has been witnessing inclement weather conditions as rain, thunderstorm and Snow occurred in many places of the state in the past 24 hours, thus plummeting Minimum temperatures below normal.
State diaster Management authority spokesperson Sudesh Mokta said that the weather conditions disrupted normal life in the state as power supply is off at many places of Una district and Sirmour district.
In the state 322 distribution Transformer Regions are affected including 241 in Una district (159 of Bangana subdivision, 70 of Amb and 12 of Una) and 81 in Poantashaib subdivision of Sirmour district. In the past 24 hours, thunderstorms paralysed normal life in some parts of Kangra, Bhunter(Kullu), Sundernagar(Mandi), Palampur(Kangra), Bilaspur and Bhoranj(Hamirpur), also.
He said that 15 roads including two National Highways are snowbound and affected by landslide. Seven roads are closed due to Snow in subdivision Lahaul including NH-505 Gramphu to Lossar and NH-03 Darcha to Sarchu(both are officially closed till summer 2023).
According to district administration Lahaul-Spiti it is continuing to snow on Manali-Keylong NH-3 at Atal Tunnel South Portal in Lahaul Spiti. The local people and tourists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel at night in bad weather, unless in case of emergency. It also said that earlier in the day Manali Leh National Highway ( NH – 003 ) which was closed for vehicular movement due to heavy snowfall but for local people it was opened for four by four vehicular movement .
Four roads are snow bound in Chamba district including State Highway 26 as three roads are affected in Pangi and one in Salooni. As per information received from 94 RCC of BRO the Pangi-Killar Highway (SH-26) which was closed for vehicular movement due to landslide has now been opened for all types of local vehicles.
District Administeration Lahaul-Spiti informed that an incident of landslide occurred at Near Bhibagh under Sub Division Udaipur. In this incident road has been blocked and restoration work is under process.
In Kangra district two roads are affected by landslide in Kangra district and one each are snow affected in Kullu and Shimla. The Gateway to Lahaul-Spiti district 13050 ft high Rohtang pass is snow bound and Rohru- Dodra Kawar is also snow affected.
Many spells of light to moderate snow and rain lashed in most places of mid and high reaches and many places in the high reaches. It was continue snowing in Rohtang pass, Goshal hill, Lady of Keylong and Kunzum pass of Lahaul-Spiti district, Pangi, Bharmaur and Manimahesh, Dhauldhar ranges of Kangra district, Kinner Kailash of Kinnuar, Dodrakawar and Churdhar of Shimla .
According to Met Office Gondla in Lahaul-Spiti recorded 8.5 cm Snow, Keylong 2.6 cm, Dalhousie got highest 81 mm rain followed by Naina devi(Bilaspur) 32.4 mm, Ghamroor(Kangra): 32 mm till 830 hrs on Saturday. State received many spells also plummet the Minimum temperature under freezing point in the tribal area.
Minimum temperature of Keylong was coldest in the state recorded minus 0.9 degrees, Shimla 6, Bhuntar airport 9.9, Dharamshala 9.2, Chamba and Una 11 each, Nahan 12.8, Solan 9.5, Tourist place Manali 4.8, Kangra 11.6, Mandi 11.3, Bilaspur 14, Hamirpur13, Dalhousie 2.9, Airport Jubberhatti 9, Tourist resort Kufri 3.8 and Narkanda 2.