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Cold wave conditions

Fresh spell of snowfall and light showers in the upper reaches of the hill State

SHIMLA: Coldwave conditions revived in the tribal districts of Kinnuar, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh after receiving fresh spell of mild snowfall, while the lower areas of these districts were lashed by light showers during the last 24 hours. Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti, and other higher hills received about four inches of snowfall, while lower areas received light showers last night. Official sources said Sisu in the district had till now recorded about two feet of snowfall during the last four days.

Baralacha Pass and Lady of Keylong and other mountain peaks, Petsio and Kibber village, the highest village of the world situated at an altitude of 16,000 feet, were also experiencing snowfall in the district.

The 13,050 feet-high Rohtang Pass and Manali-Leh road continued to remain closed for vehicular traffic after receiving heavy snowfall during the last four days and Border Road Organisation (BRO) officials said the Pass would now only be opened by the first week of May.

Reckong Peo in Kinnuar district also experienced mild snowfall last night and early today, plummeting day and night temperatures in the district.

Power supply, which was disrupted in the district yesterday after heavy snowfall, was restored in few areas, while efforts were on provide power to the rest of the district soon, a senior district official, on condition of anonymity said.

However, traffic on state and other roads in Lahaul-Spiti district remained disrupted for the second day today due to fresh snowfall snowfall and the district administration has cautioned people not to venture out for the next few days due to fear of avalanches.

Traffic on the Hindustan-Tibetan road was also affected due to landslides at several places triggered due to heavy snowfall in the district in the last four days. Pangi Valley and Bharmaour area of Chamba district also experienced mild snowfall last night, while the lower areas were lashed by light showers and official sources said the higher reaches of the district had recorded about two feet of snow in the last four days.

The Dhauladhar ranges, overlooking the Kangra Valley, also experienced mild intermittent snowfall last night.

Strong winds continued to sweep hills, capital Shimla and its adjoining areas last night, registering a sharp drop in the temperatures with the state capital recording a low of 7.6 degrees as against 10.2 degree recorded yesterday.

Sundernagar and Bhuntar recorded night temperatures of 12.8 and 9.5 degrees, while the minimum temperature tumbled to 0.6 degrees at Kalpa in Kinnaur district. The state capital also recorded 4.6 mm of rain, while Sundernagar recorded 2.8, Bhuntar 17.3 mm and Kalpa 10.3 mm.- UNI

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