Avalanche threat in tribal areas of Himachal

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Shimla, Feb 7 (PTI) Avalanche threat today loomed largeover tribal Lahaul and Pangi Valleys in Himachal Pradesh asintermittent heavy snowfall disrupted normal life affectingwater, power supply and vehicular movement.

Acting Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul and Spiti, VarinderSharma has advised people not to venture out in view of theavalanche threat and ordered closures of all schools in theValley tomorrow.

Keylong, headquarter of the district, recorded over 50cm of fresh snow and snowfall was continuing, reports reachinghere said. Heavy snowfall was continuing in the high altitudetribal areas, mountain passes.

The ski slopes at Solang nallah are experiencing freshsnow, while key tourist resort of Manali had another spell ofmoderate snowfall.

Shimla and other mid-hills were lashed by a severethunderstorm accompanied by intermittent heavy rains whiletribal areas were experiencing fresh snowfall.

The fresh snowfall and storm caused sharp fall in mercuryand minimum temperature plummeted at several places in mid andhigher hills.

Thunderstorm blew off roofs of Kachha houses, boards andhoardings at some places and uprooted trees. Strong icy windsswept Shimla and adjoining areas, forcing people to stayindoors.

The minimum temperature plummeted to 5 deg C and 4.3 degC in Dharamsala, while it dropped by few notches to stay at7.2 deg C, 7.9 deg C, 8.5 deg C and 9.5 deg C at Bhuntar, Una,Solan and Palampur, respectively.

The maximum temperature also dipped to 14.5 deg C inShimla while Una was hottest in the region with a high of 28.8deg C, followed Sundernagar 24.9 deg C, Nahan 21.7 deg C andMandi 21.4 deg C.

Tourist resort Manali received 36 mm of rains, followedby Saloni 33 mm, Seobagh and Tissa 17 mm each, Nadaun,Ghamroor and Bangana 7 mm each, Jungi 6 mm and Jubbal, Rohroo,Mehre and Banjar 4 mm each.

Shimla had 2.5 mm of rains, while Palampur and Bhuntarexperienced 7.4 mm rains.

The sky remained heavily overcast and the local MeToffice has predicted rains, snow and thunderstorm at manyplaces during the next 48 hours.

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