Heavy snowfall in higher reaches

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Shimla, Sep 22 (UNI) High peaks of tribal districts of Kinnaur, Lahaul Spiti, Chamba, Kangra and Kullu-Manali today received fresh snowfall while lower parts of the state were lashed with heavy rainfall and hailstones which intensified cold wave in the hilly state.

Higher reaches of Kinnaur district, Keylong of Lahaul spiti, Pangi and Bharmour of Chamba, Dhaladhar of Kangra district and Rohtang-Pass of Kullu-Manali district experienced intermittent snowfall creating hurdle in evacuating the stranded people.

Over 350 tourists have been stranded in Sarchu, Koksar and Keylong in Lahaul Spiti due to heavy snowfall while hundreds of sheep have been killed in chilly wind.

The adminstration and army are fighting with rough weather condition to bring down the stranded people and clear snow from the roads.

The sources said about two feet snow has blocked the Koksar-Gramfu Road on which about 20 passangers are stranded near Chitru village.

Meanwhile, the police sources said road link from Sarchu to Leh was opened for vehicular traffic where 100 vehicles having 300 passegers were stranded.

Lower parts of the state including Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Bilaspur and Dharamshala received mild to moderate rains with hailstone this afternoon.

Shimla and its surrounding received 9.8 mm rainfall, Sundernagar 0.6 mm, Kalpa 4 mm and Una 1 mm rainfall.

Minimum and maximum temperature of the major towns of the state are Shimla 12.4 and 22 degrees Celsius, Sundernagar 13.9 and 30 degrees, Bhunter 14.1 and 29.2 degrees, Kalpa 4 and 13.8 degrees, Dharamshala 12.7 and 26.2 degrees, Una 16.9 and 33, Mandi 16.3 and 30.2 and Solan recorded minimum temperature at 14.2 degrees celsius.


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