Five dead in avalanches in Kinnaur
Shimla/ January 20
Five persons were died in avalanches in tribal Kinnaur district of Himachal which remained cut off for fifth day on Sunday and normal vehicular traffic could not be restored on Hindustan-Tibet and Kiratpur Manali National highways.
The normal life remained disrupted in the capital town of Shimla and its upper areas, Kullu, Manali, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti tribal valleys as several areas remained cut off and power supply remained disrupted.
A large number of tree were uprooted in the snowstorm, severing power transmission lines and in Shimla town alone power breakdowns were casued at more than half a dozen places.
Three persons, Madan Lal of Chamba, working at HCCL project and Ashok Kumar and his daughter Kathua in Jammu died in avalanche in Kinnaur while Ram guru and his mother Gulab Dasi of Pangi village died when a snow laden tree fell on their house, official sources said.
Seven persons were injured in avalanches and sliding of glaciers and district administration has advised the people to stay indoors in the wake of fresh avalanche threat looming large over high altitude tribal areas.
The normal life within tribal valleys of Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi, Kinnaur, Hangran, Pinand Sangla valleys has been completely paralysed due to heavy snowfalland the areas were covered under 1230 to 160 cm thick blanket of snow.
The vehicular traffic to lower areas has been resumed from Shimla while Kufri, Narkanda, Nichar, Theog, Kharapatthar, Jubbal and Fagu were cut off by road and traffic to Rampur and Jhakri was being routed via Basantpur and Kingal.
The road beyond Manali was covered under heavy snow and Rohtang, Mari, Gulaba and Solang Nallah were curt of from rest of the state.
The minimum temperature dropped to minus 12.5 degree and minus 10.0 degree atKeylong and Kalpa in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district. The temperature at tourist town of Manali was dipped to minus 6.1 degree, which was the season’s lowest..
The minimum temperatures hovered around zero degree at Shimla, Solan, Bhuntar, Sundernagar and Saluni and water pipes were frozen at several places in mid and higher hills disrupting water supply.
The high altitude tribal remained frozen with minimum temperature staying between minus 18 and minus 26 degree Celsius.
The Met department’s forecast said a feeble western disturbance – storm systems originating in the Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region – would again be active Jan 23.