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Rain, snow continue in North India

SHIMLA, FEB 16. The cold wave tightened its grip in Himachal Pradesh following intermittent snowfall in the upper areas and rain in lower areas during the past 24 hours, prompting Chamba Deputy Commissioner Rahul Anand to advise the residents of interior village Chhanna in Dalhousie sub-division to evacuate their houses.

They have been told to move to safer places alongwith their livestock in the wake of imminent danger of sliding the hillside beneath the village following unprecedented rains in this region, a report from Chamba said today.

Mr Anand said arrangements for the twelve evacuated families had been made at the nearby government primary school Gandhihar and middle school Goli. He directed the revenue officials to supervise and monitor the safety of villagers constantly. Certain families had also sought shelter in the neighbouring villages, he said.

Thick ground frost and slippery roads hampered vehicular traffic in snow bound areas in the morning.

The 320-km Hindustan-Tibet road today opened for vehicular traffic upto Shilaru. The upper areas of Rampur and Kinnaur district remained cut off from the state Capital.

People continued to shiver under intense cold wave conditions as the night temperature remained low in the high and tribal areas.

The sky after early sunshine turned partially cloudy in Shimla and surrounding areas. The minimum temperature hovered at minus 0.8 degree Celsius in the capital town.

Strong icy-winds continued to sweep the town. Shimla received 42.2 mm, Sundernagar 55.2 mm and Bhuntar 51.0 mm rainfall during the last 24 hours, Met office said.

The tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti and Pangi valley in Chamba district received another spell of snowfall today.

Mount Abu coldest

A light cold resurfaced as night temperatures feel in Rajasthan last night the Met department said today.

The Hill station of Mount Abu turned coldest with three degree Celsius though it was two degrees more than the normal.

Mercury hovered between eight to 18 degree Celsius at most of the places while it was one to two degree Celsius lower than normal at few places. Whereas Pilani stayed at eight degree Celsius, Churu and border district town of Sriganganagar felt nine degree Celsius, one degree above normal night temperatures.

Another border district headquarter Bikaner registered 10 degree Celsius and the state capital 11 degree Celsius, two degrees more than normal.

Ajmer and the border town of Jaisalmer stayed at 12 degree C that was one to two degrees in excess of normal night temperatures. Jodhpur too recorded 11 degree Celsius but, a degree less than normal night temperatures. Barmer city reported 14 degree Celsius.

Ravtabhata, Dabok Airport near Udaipur and the city of lakes Udaipur, experienced 15 degree Celsius, four to five degrees higher than the normal night temperatures. Bharatpur stayed at 16 degree Celsius. Jhalawar recorded the highest night temperatures of 18 degrees seven degree over normal night temperatures.

Kota too registered 18 degree Celsius five degree over the normal.

The Met office has forecast mainly dry weather and a clear sky for Jaipur during the next 24 hours.

Rains continue

Rains lashed Punjab and Haryana for the second consecutive day as Chandigarh received 17.2 mm of showers until this morning. Ambala, Karnal, Gurgaon and Sonepat were among the Haryana towns to received rain. The 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been re-opened for traffic after a day's closure as nearly 750 stranded vehicles were cleared and were moving towards Jammu.

In Himachal Pradesh, Bhang in Manali received heavy snowfall at 50 cm while Solang Nullah had got 51 cm of snow. Heavy snow was reported at Dhundi (79 cm) while Patsio had 20 cm of snow. Shimla, Bhuntar, Dharamsala, Sundernagar, Rampur received rains ranging between 35 mm and 50 mm.

Heavy snowfall hits life

Heavy snowfall in Indo-Tibet Himalayan border region, including shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, and incessant rains in lower reaches and river valleys have severely affected normal life in Uttaranchal. Uttarkashi, Pithorgarh and Chamoli districts have been receiving heavy snowfalls since Monday while continuous rains have lashed the lower reaches and river valleys disrupting vehicular traffic, official sources said today. Supply of essential commodities and power have been affected, the sources said. Severe chilly and stormy winds have also been sweeping across the region forcing people to stay indoors, the sources added. -- UNI & PTI

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