Heavy rains, snow continue to lash Himachal Pradesh

United News of India

Shimla, January 16, 2012

Incessant heavy rains and intermittent snowfall continued to lash Himachal Pradesh in the last 24 hours disrupting traffic on national highways and many link roads. 
Tourist resort Manali received 35 cm snow, Kalpa in Kinnaur 41.6 cm and Shimla 8 cm, while higher reaches of the state reported very heavy snowfall. Kullu town also received snowfall for the second time this year.
Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded 53.5 mm rain followed by Bhuntar in Kullu 48.9 mm, Shimla 47.3 mm, Dharmshala in Kangra 46.8 mm and Manali 5 mm.
National Highway-22 between Ambala and Khab was off for vehicular traffic beyond Ralli in Kinnuar district, following accumulation of snow on road. However, Kalka-Shimla road was through for vehicular traffic. 
Similarly, Chandigarh-Manali NH-21 remained off for vehicular traffic at Patlikulal due to landslides.
Kalpa's minimum temperature was -2.5 degree Celsius, Manali -1.2 degree, Shimla -0.2 degree, Bhuntar 0.2 degrees, Dharamshala 2 degrees and Sundernagar 4.5 degrees.
The Met office has forecast heavy to very heavy rain, snowfall in isolated parts of the state and heavy rain and snow in many parts during the next 24 hours.