Shimla and Sirmaur in HP felt tremors
The local MeT department has predicted more rains and snow in the Himachal from February 14 onwards. “A feeble Western Disturbance (W.D) as an upper air system lies over north Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir would affect the western Himalayan region and adjoining plains of northwest India from February 14 onwards,” meteorological director Manmohan Singh said.
While the tribal areas of Himachal reeled under sub zero temperature and cold wave conditions persisted in the state inspite of dry
weather and marginal rise in temperature.
The snowbound tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti and Pangi in Chamba district were cut off from rest of the state for past three weeks while normalcy was yet to be restored in several parts of the state in Shimla and Kullu districts.
The power supply had not been fully restored in Kinnaur district even after 24 days while several areas like Rohroo, Chopal and Dodra Kwar in Shimla district, Bharmaur and other higher reaches in Chamba district and areas beyond Manali in Kullu.
The normal life within the tribal valleys has been paralysed as minimum temperatures stayed five to 20 degree below the freezing point while Keylong and Kalpa in Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts recorded a low of minus 10. 7 and minus 8.0 degree Celsius. While tourist resort of Manali saw a minus 2.4 degree Celsius.
Bright sunshine greeted the state capital Shimla in the morning but thick clouds overcast the sky by afternoon, causing fall in day temperature. The capital town of Shimla saw a minimum of 5 degree Celsius. Bhuntar recorded minimum temperature at 2.1 degree,Solan 4.9 degree and Una 5.7 degree Celsius.
Tremors felt in Himachal
Tremors of an earthquake of light intensity were felt in certain parts of Himachal Pradesh Monday when an earthquake hit neighbouring Uttarakhand, the weather office here said.
However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported in the state. An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale was recorded at 4.19 p.m., meteorological director Manmohan Singh.
The epicenter was latitude 31.0°N and longitude 78.4°E in Uttarkashi area of Uttarakhand. Met officials said the tremors were felt more in Shimla and Sirmaur districts.