Cold wave in India: Fresh snowfall in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla disrupts efforts to clear roads; avalanche reported in J&K's Kulgam

The weather department has forecast light snow and rain in Himachal Pradesh for the next few days. Shallow to dense fog is predicted in Delhi over the next two days.

Asian News International February 08, 2019 11:26:45 IST
Cold wave in India: Fresh snowfall in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla disrupts efforts to clear roads; avalanche reported in J&K's Kulgam
  • Parts of Himachal Pradesh, including state capital Shimla, were enveloped in a thick blanket of snow even as the state received rain and fresh snowfall

  • An avalanche occurred in Jawahar tunnel area in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on Thursday for which rescue operations are still underway

  • In addition, a shallow to dense fog is predicted in the national capital over the next two days

Shimla: Parts of Himachal Pradesh, including state capital Shimla, were on Friday enveloped in a thick blanket of snow even as the state received rain and fresh snowfall. The snowfall is obstructing efforts by the authorities to clear the roads in Shimla since Thursday.

The weather department has forecast light snow for Friday and rain in the next few days.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district also received heavy snowfall. According to reports from Kinnaur's Barang village, the snowfall has damaged apple orchards, one of the prime exports of the region.

Shimla railway station has also been submerged in snow.

In addition, the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir also received heavy snowfall on Thursday. An avalanche occurred near the police post in Jawahar tunnel area in Kulgam district on Thursday for which rescue operations are still underway, according to police.

SSP Rajouri, Youghal Manhas, said, "Police forces in higher reaches have been put on alert. We suggest people to avoid travelling in odd hours".

An intense western disturbance that caused the snowfall in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, also led to heavy rain and hailstorms in the evening.

Delhiites were surprised to see hail raining down the city on Thursday evening covering roads in a white shroud. Shallow to dense fog is predicted in the national capital over the next two days.
An overall "moderate" Air Quality Index of 166 was recorded at the Safdarjung observatory on 8 February.

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