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Snowfall cuts off 263 roads, 4 NH in Himachal Pradesh

According to the weather department, Rohtang Pass received 135 cm of snow in the past 24 hours -- the highest in the region.
Last Updated 20 February 2024, 10:55 IST

Shimla: At least 263 roads, including four national highways, have been closed due to heavy snowfall in tribal areas and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh.

According to the weather department, Rohtang Pass has received 135 cm of snow in the past 24 hours -- the highest in the region.

Killar (Pangi) received 90 cm, Chitkul and Jalori Jot 45 cm, Kukumseri 44 cm, and Gondla 39 cm of snow.

Keylong received 35 cm of snow and Sissu, Koksar and Hansa 30 cm each, whereas Kothi got 20 cm and Kalpa 11 cm of snow, the department said.

The region is still witnessing intermittent snowfall.

Moderate to heavy rain lashed almost the entire state, with Chamba being wettest with 67 mm of rain, followed by Kufri, which got 57 mm.

Dalhousie received 55 mm, Bharmour 33.5 mm, Solan 15.2 mm, Shimla 14.2 mm, and Dharamsala 13 mm of rain.

Several parts of Hamirpur district were lashed by thunderstorms, accompanied by heavy showers Tuesday morning.

According to the state emergency operation centre, a total of 165 roads were closed in Lahaul and Spiti district and 87 in Chamba. As many as 661 transformers and 33 water supply schemes were disrupted in the state.

Remote Dodra Kwar in Shimla district too was cut off from the rest of the state following snowfall.

A major portion of Chamba-Tissa road sank near Rakhalu Mata temple on Tuesday due to heavy rain, cutting off 40 panchayats from the district headquarter. Shimla was lashed by rain and hailstorm Monday night but was spared of a snowfall, as were adjoining tourist destinations of Kufri and Narkanda.

The sky was partially overcast Tuesday with strong winds blowing in Shimla.

Vehicular traffic beyond Manali was suspended due to heavy snowfall in Sissu, Solang, Atal Tunnel and Rohtang.

The local MeT station has predicted more snowfall and rain in Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, and Chamba and higher hills of Kullu, Chamba, Mandi and Shimla during Tuesday and Wednesday.

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(Published 20 February 2024, 10:55 IST)

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