Nonseasonal rains disrupt land and air connectivity to Himachal

Week-long Inceasent rainfall and Thunderstorms derailed normal life in Himachal Pradesh as slippery roads disrupted vehicular traffic from link roads to National Highway and air connectivity to Tourist destinations Shimla, Manali, and Dharmshala.

In a Weather alert for vehicular traffic from South Portal to North Portal Rohtang tunnel up to Keylong  Superintendent of Police Lahaul-Spiti Mr. Mayank Chaudhary, (IPS) has urged the general public to follow the guidelines issued by the district administration in view of the safety of the drivers in view of the forecast of bad weather so that no untoward incident happens and it could be prevented from happening.

He said that due to the road being wet and slippery due to rain on Tuesday, a vehicle (Chota Hathi) was found stuck on the side after slipping from the road which the driver told about being stuck there for a long time.

After the hard work of the police personnel, the stuck vehicle was safely removed from there, on the spot.

A Haryana Roadways bus skidded out of slippery roads in Una early today and hit a tree and damaged a house one person died on the spot and six were injured in the mishap.

In the last 24 hrs Inceasent rainfall and a drastic plummeting of mercury to unprecedented ten to 11 degrees below normal created coldwave conditions in the mid and high reaches of the state.

The gateway of Lahaul-Spiti district 13050 ft Rohtang pass and Baralacha pass had received a moderate spell of snowfall. Gondal in the district two cm.

Tourist resort Dalhousie (Chamba) had 80 mm rainfall, Kotla(Una) 67 mm. Bhattiyat (Chamba): 57mm, Dharmshala 51mm, Tourist resort Manali 45 mm DehraGopipur(Kangra) 41 mm, Chamba 35, Palampur (Kangra), Sundernagar (Mandi) 28 mm, Seobagh (Kullu) and Bharmour (Chamba) 25 mm, Mandi 18 mm, Kangra 16 mm, Jubbarhati airport 11 and Shimla 8.

Thunderstorm, heavy rainfall, and lightning is hitting Shimla and nearby areas. Flights to Jubberhati, Bhuntar, and Dharmshala airports being suspended for the last three days. Averages maximum temperature plunged by 11 degrees below normal as the Maximum temperature of Chamba and Hamirpur was 16 and 14 degrees below normal on May 2.

The minimum temperature of Keylong was the coldest in the state recorded at 1.6 degrees Celsius and 3.4 degrees below normal. Tourist resort Narkanda 4.4 degrees, Kalpa 5.8 degrees, Manali, Kufri, and Dalhousie six degrees, Shimla 8.5 degrees, Solan, Bhuntar, and Dharamshala 11, Mandi and Chamba 14 

Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Kangra and Una 15 and Nahan 17.7.

The Met Office issued an Orange alert for the rest of the day today and a yellow alert for the next two days. Predicting widespread rainfall the current weather conditions would last till tomorrow and light to moderate rain and thundershowers continue also extend from tomorrow onwards.

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