HP: Snowfall in high reaches, 3 trekkers die in snowstorm

Shimla. Oct 25 : Normal life was disrupted in the state during last 24 hours after continued unseasonal rain and snowfall occurred in most places in the state.
Three trekkers belonging to Mumbai and Goa died after missing in the heavy snowstorm in Kinnaur district, district administration said.
The MeT Office said Gondla in Lahaul Spiti recorded 15 cm snow, Hansa & Khadrala( Shimla district five cm each and Keylong three cm.
The gateway to Lahaul Spiti, 13050 ft Rohtang Pass, Kunzum Pass, Baralacha, Lady of Keylong, Sapatrishi hill Goshal hills, Shikaridevi of Mandi, Dhauladhar ranges of Kangra, Sachpass, Manimehash, high reaches of Bharmour and Pangi in Chamba, Kinner Kailash of Kinnuar, High reaches of Dodra and Kawar of Shimla also received another major snowfall in last 24 hours, however, the weather was mainly dry and sunny on Monday .
Three trekkers were missing in the state owing to heavy snowfall recently and in the last 24 hrs. Three trekkers died while coming to Sangla of Kinnuar district from Janglik of Rohru subdivision as they got trapped in snow blizzard.
The deceased are identified as Deepak Rau(58) son of Narayan Rau, Rajinder Bhal Chander Pathak( 65) son of Bal Chander Pathak and Ashok Madhukar (64) son of Madhukar. The ITBP and police rescue team evacuated ten others trekkers in difficult rescue operations bearing heavy snowfall.
Widespread rain lashed most places in the state as Rajgarh in Sirmaur had 77 mm rain, Kasauli in Solan 68 mm Naina Devi in Bilaspur 52 mm, Amb in Una 43 mm, Jhandutta in Bilaspur 40 mm, Dharampur & solan 34 mm each Barthin in Bilaspur & Tissa in Chamba 32 mm each, Aghar in Hamirpur 31 mm, Pachhad , Renuka in Sirmaur & Kothi in Kullu 30 mm each, Baldwara 27 mm & Kandaghat in Solan 25 mm each.
Tourist resort Manali had 24 mm rain, Bhoranj in Hamirpur 23 mm, Nadaun, Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur and Kahu in Bilaspur 22 mm each.
Minimum temperature was three to four degree below normal as Keylong was coldest in the state at minus 0.5 degree Celsius, Kalpa in Kinnuar 0.6 degrees, tourist resort Kufri 2.9 degrees, Manali five degrees, , Dalhousie 6.2 degrees
Shimla 6.4 degrees, Solan 6.7 degrees, Sundernagar in Mandi 7.4 degrees, Bhuntar in Kullu eight degrees
Palampur 9.2 degrees, Hamirpur 9.4 degrees and Chamba 9.5 degrees.
Minimum temperature of Dharmshala was 10.2 degrees, Kangra and Mandi 10.4 degrees each, Bilaspur 11.5 degrees
Una 12. 1 degrees and Nahan in Sirmaur 13.9 degrees respectively.
The inclement weather along with heavy rain, snowfall and thunderstorm kept the normal life out of gear as 61 roads( 57 link and two NH) are snowbound and power supply disrupted due to heavy rain and thunderstorm in 210 areas mostly in Laual Spiti and Sirmaur.
Deputy Commissioner Lahaul Spiti Neeraj Kumar said Manali-Leh National highway no 3 is snowbound between Darcha to Sarchu and National Highway No 505 is blocked from Gramphu to Losar. Including two NH, around 57 link roads are also snowbound including 42 in Lahaul and 15 in Udaipur.
Power supply was also disrupted by the snowfall in 168 distribution Transformer regions(DRT) in the district.Two link roads in Kalpa of Kinnuar and Nirmand of Kullu were also snowbound. Power supply was also affected in 42 areas of Rajgarh in Sirmaur due to windstorm and heavy rainfall.
State recorded 69 deaths in post monsoon rainfall due to road accidents and other rain-related accidents.
The Met Office forecast mainly dry weather for the next 24 hours .


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