Himachal govt urges locals to avoid venturing near avalanche-prone slopes after fresh snowfall, 413 roads shut down in state

Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur received fresh snowfall, triggering an advisory from the Himachal Pradesh government which asked locals not to venture close to avalanche-prone slopes.

Asian News International January 29, 2019 11:27:56 IST
Himachal govt urges locals to avoid venturing near avalanche-prone slopes after fresh snowfall, 413 roads shut down in state
  • A spokesperson of the Himachal government said efforts are on to restore electricity, water supply, and roads at the earliest

  • Losses incurred as a result of avalanches are close to Rs 69.22 crore which may increase after final assessment of damage

  • Among the districts that received fresh snowfall on Sunday are Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Sirmour, Kangra, Solan and Chamba

Shimla: After a fresh spate of snowfall in various parts of the state, the Himachal government has asked locals to avoid venturing near avalanche-prone slopes.

According to Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) at Manali, people were advised to not to venture in avalanche-prone slopes which are still loaded with snow. This advisory has been issued for Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur districts for 28 and 29  January.

A spokesperson of the state government said the government is focusing on restoring electricity, water supply, and roads at the earliest. Additional chief secretary of the Revenue and Public Works Department Manisha Nanda is monitoring the situation on the directions of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Himachal govt urges locals to avoid venturing near avalancheprone slopes after fresh snowfall 413 roads shut down in state

Himachal after fresh snowfall on Tuesday. Twitter/@DDNewsShimla

State and district-level Emergency Operation Centers are on high alert in the state, according to a note issued by the state government.

As per the Public Works Department, the total number of roads closed in the state are 413. Losses incurred are Rs. 69.22 crore which may increase after final assessment of loss and damage to the roads. 206 machines have been deployed for the restoration of roads.

According to data provided by the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, out of 1,760 affected Distribution Transformers (DTRs), 1,300 have been restored while the remaining 460 DTRs will be restored soon.

A total of 362 water supply schemes have been affected by the snowfall and total loss assessed is more than Rs 6.86 crore. However, the number may rise as some of the areas are still inaccessible. As many as 310 schemes have been restored and restoration of remaining schemes will be done within the next two days, the government said.

Among the districts that received fresh snowfall on Sunday are Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Sirmour, Kangra, Solan and Chamba.

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