Heavy snowfall causes avalanches in Powari village

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Shimla, Jan 11 (UNI) Avalanches buried three vehicles, a cow shed and a Mahila Mandal building besides, devastating number of orchards at Powari village in Kinnuar district last night.

However, There was no reports of casualities. The administration has not sounded high alert, but advised the people not to leave their houses and stay at safe places.

Among the high lying areas of the state, Kinnuar, Lahual and Spiti districts are reported to have received around 135 cm of snow.

Due to the heavy continuous snowfall, electricity and power supply are disrupted in these districts.

Sharp dip in the mercury has rendered natural water resources frozen and electricity lines snapped in Kinnaur and Lahaul and Sipiti. A government official said that both the regions have almost cut off from the rest of state.

More then 134 cm of snow has been recorded in Keylong, district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti. Dhundi in the same area has received 125 cm, Solang Nullah 120 cm Bhang Manali 70 cm, Patsio 60 cm of snow.

District headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, Keylong recorded to have received 11 cm of fresh snow. Recorded snow at Bhang Manali by the 0830 hours today was 13 cm, Solang Nullah has received 20 cm, Patsio 26 cm, Dhundi 58 cm of fresh snowfall till 0830 hours.

Temperature in the higher reaches had carried variation and minimum recorded temperature at Patsio was minus 12.0, Keylong minus 6.3, Dhundi minus 5.0, Kalpa minus 3.1, Sloang Nullah minus 2.0 and Bhang Manali 0.0 degree Celsius.

In the lower regions of the state temperature hovered between 0.3 degree Celsius to 9.1 degrees Celsius. Minimum temperature in Shimla is recorded 0.3 degree Celsius, while the temperature at Solan remained 4.0 degree Celsius with Bhunter 4.2, Palampur 4.5, Una 5.8, Sundenagar 5.1, Dharamshala 8.5 and Nahan 9.1 degree Celsius.

The Met office here said that as compared to yesterday mercury has registered slight dip in the both lower and high regions.

In lower parts of the state, Dharamshala tops the tally with recording 7.2 mm of rainfall following the Sundernagar 7.1 mm and Shimla barley received 0.9 mm of rains.

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