Temperatures down in HP after snow and rain

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Shimla, Jan 19 (UNI) Minimum and maximum temperatures across Himachal Pradesh registered a sharp decline today following heavy snowfall in all mid and lower hills and widespread rains in the lower parts of the state during the last few days.

The minimum temperature at Shimla fell to point four degrees as compared to 4.7 degrees Celsius recorded yesterday, while it fell to minus five at Kalpa in Kinnuar district from zero degrees recorded yesterday.

The met office said Bhuntar, Una and Sundernagar recorded night temperatures of 2.5, 4.2 and 7.1 degrees Celsius respectively down from yesterday's low of 6.6, 6.3 and 8.1 degrees Celsius respectively.

However, the maximum temperatures of the state capital and Sundernagar rose to 7.2 and 14.2 degrees respectively from 6.6 degrees and 12.9 degrees Celsius recorded yesterday.

A report from Chamba district said a 25-year old woman and a nine-year old girl were injured in Bhattiyat Valley, near Sinhuta in the district, after they were hit by lightening early today, police said.

The two have been identified as Salochana Devi, 25, a resident of Sarogi village, and Susheela, 9, the police said, adding that they were discharged after being given first aid at Sunhita Primary Health Centre.

Piercing coldwave conditions are prevailing in the tribal areas, which were under 240 cm to 300 cm of snowfall, where the temperatures have plummeted between minus 15 to minus 25 degrees Celsius.

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