Rains Lash Himachal Plains; Snow Blankets Lahaul, Kullu


A massive snow avalanche struck the Baralacha La area of Rohtang Pass in Central Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti district on Friday. Officials said that two vehicles were buried in snow, but all the occupants were rescued.

DT photo by Muskan Rana

DT photo by Muskan Rana

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Shimla- Rains drenched most parts of Himachal Pradesh while Shimla and the world famous Kalka-Shimla Railway recorded fresh snowfall on Monday under the influence of a Western Disturbance that affected HP. 

Shimla received the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours even as temperature recorded a drop.
A meteorological department official said that Shimla received 23.5mm of rain during the time till 0930 hours followed by Sundernagar (20.4mm), Bhuntar (17.8mm), Kalpa (17.6mm), Dharamshala (13.0mm), Una (11.0mm), Nahan (8.9mm), Keylong (8.6mm), Palampur (4.8mm), Solan (3.6mm) and Manali (1.7mm).

With regard to the forecast, he said, fairly widespread light to moderate rain/snow/TS is expected overHimachal Pradesh during next 24 hours.

On April 01, he said, partly to generally cloudy weather with intermittent light rain/snow is expected at a few places. Generally dry weather has been forecast thereafter till April 5.

According to MeT advisory, farmers have been advised to suspend farm operations till 7th April.

There is a possibility of landslides, mudslides and shooting stones during above period, the advisory reads, adding that thunderstorm, lightning activity with possibility of Hailstorm & Gusty winds is expected during 6 & 7th April.

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Meanwhile, efforts to restore connectivity along the Manali-Leh road, linking Manali-Keylong-Darcha to Lahaul and Spiti, saw significant progress as snow removal operations concluded within a record 17 days.

Regarding night temperature, he said, Shimla recorded a minimum of 8.2°C against 9.8°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 2.1°C for the summer capital of HP for this time of the year.

Kukumseri recorded a minimum of 8.4°C against 9.8°C on the previous night and it was 3.7°C above normal for the gateway town of Himachal, he said.

Kalpa recorded a low of 5.0°C, same as on the previous night and it was 3.4°C above normal for the famous resort in south Himachal.

Dhaula Kuan, also in south Himachal, recorded a minimum of 7.7°C against 9.1°C on the previous night and it was 3.0°C above normal, the official said.

Dharamshala town recorded a low of 7.3°C against 9.5°C on the previous night and it was 2.8°C above normal there, the official said.

Kufri recorded a low of 0.4°C against 3.0°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 1.2°C for the famous skiing resort in north Himachal’s Shimla district.

Himachal, he said, recorded a minimum of 19.6°C and it was above normal by 3.0°C for the winter capital of HP.

Chamba recorded a low of 10.4°C, Dehra Gopipur 10.1°C and Sarahan 9.6°C, he said.

Massive Avalanche Hits Lahaul-Spiti

A massive snow avalanche struck the Baralacha La area of Rohtang Pass in Central Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti district on Friday. Officials said that two vehicles were buried in snow, but all the occupants were rescued.

After a swift operation, 10 people onboard were evacuated safely, they said.

Upon receiving the report, SDPO Lahaul Spiti, Sh. Mayank Chaudhary, Police, SDRF and the Primary Health Center in Lahaul swiftly mobilized a team of medical staff to conduct rescue operations, the officials said.

Police officials confirmed that all ten individuals, including drivers, trapped in both vehicles were safely evacuated while two of them have been shifted to the hospital for further treatment.

Tehsildar Lahaul and DSP Traffic also visited the spot to assess the situation.

SDM Kangan, after inspecting the area, announced that vehicular movement on the Sonmarg road would be restricted until March 31.

However, vehicles can still access Manali via Lahaul Atal Tunnel Tunnel.

He urged tourists and locals to avoid traveling on the Manali road at night due to the risk of avalanches in certain areas

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mayank Chaudhary also confirmed that the two vehicles that got buried under the snow avalanche have been evacuated safely and added that no loss of life or injury was reported in the incident.

Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh Disaster Management Authority on Monday issued a medium- danger level avalanche warning for four districts of Kinnaur division.

Avalanche with medium danger level is likely to occur above 2400 metres over Kangra, Solan, Una and Mandi districts in next 24 hours, reads an advisory.

People living in these areas are advised to take precautions and avoid venturing in the avalanche prone areas till further orders.

In case of any help, the authority can be reached at 108, 112.

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Rains Lash Himachal Plains; Snow Blankets Lahaul, Kullu

Meet Muskan Rana, a final-year Master of Journalism and Mass Communication student of Himachal Pradesh University Summerhill Shimla. Currently contributing her skills to Dairy Times, Muskan excels in news reporting, anchoring, and voiceover artistry. With a fervent passion for Political Affairs, Sports, and Daily Current Affairs, her work reflects dynamism and depth. Muskan’s on-camera prowess, coupled with a keen analytical eye, ensures compelling and accurate news narratives. Prior to her current role, she served as a city reporter for Amar Ujala newspaper in Shimla, where she refined her ability to present news in an interesting yet true manner. Muskan is dedicated to making news accessible, ensuring that it is not only informative but also engaging for the common man.

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