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In pictures: Normal life disrupted due to heavy snowfall, rain in Himachal Pradesh

State of emergency in Lahaul and Spiti district as avalanches and landslides block roads, disrupt power and communication, impacting daily life

Our Web Desk Published 04.03.24, 03:05 PM
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A snow clearing machine being used to remove snow from a road at Sissu, in Lahaul and Spiti district. Over 650 roads, including five national highways, in the state remained closed for vehicular movement following several avalanches and landslides caused by incessant rain and snow for the past three days.

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Houses at Rashil village are seen covered in snow after fresh snowfall, in Lahaul and Spiti district.  About 290 roads are blocked in Lahaul and Spiti district and several areas are without electricity for the past two days. 

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A snow covered street amid snowfall at Udaipur village, in Lahaul and Spiti district. Heavy rain and snow in Lahaul and Spiti has also disrupted the mobile network.

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On March 3, an avalanche hit Dara Waterfall near Jasrat village in Lahaul and Spiti, obstructing the flow of Chenab and triggering an alert in the adjoining area. As many as 81 tourists stranded in Himachal Pradesh's Spiti Valley due to closure of roads after heavy snowfall have been shifted to safer places.

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Life was thrown out of gear in parts of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and Chamba as heavy snowfall disrupted electricity and communication. As many as 1,749 transformers are out of service in the state and 78 water supply schemes disrupted, according to the emergency operation centre.

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Three houses, one each in Lahaul and Spiti, Solan and Sirmaur, were damaged due to snow, rain and lightning. The supply of essential commodities, such as milk, bread, vegetables and newspaper, was affected in the upper Shimla region. Some shops were buried in an avalanche at the Tandi bridge in Lahaul sub-division.

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