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Cold wave tightens grip on Himachal

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Snow being cleared from a road over the Pir Panjal mountain range following heavy snowfall near Poonch on Thursday.— Photo: PTI
Snow being cleared from a road over the Pir Panjal mountain range following heavy snowfall near Poonch on Thursday.— Photo: PTI

The cold wave in the hill State worsened on Thursday with the sky remaining overcast for the second consecutive day. A sharp decrease in the day temperatures was felt all over the State with the mercury plummeting to minus 0.7 degrees Celsius in Keylong, the headquarters of tribal Lahaul-Spiti.

The Meteorological Department said the State witnessed complete to partially cloudy weather for the second day on Thursday owing to westerly winds. The night temperatures have remained almost stationary. The maximum temperatures are likely to dip further. A plunge of three to four degrees has been observed in past couple of days.

According to reports, a fresh western disturbance as an upper air system is likely to affect the western Himalayan region from Friday. The entire tribal belt of Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Pangi, and Bharmour in Chamba district is reeling under a severe cold wave and may receive rain or snow at isolated locations in the higher reaches in next few hours.  

The temperature in Kalpa was 1.4 degrees. It was three degrees in the tourist resorts of Manali and Bhuntar; four degrees in Solan and Sunderngar; five to seven degrees in Chamba, Shimla and Una; eight degrees in Dharamsala and 10 degrees in Nahan.

Rishikesh told to avoid morning walks, forest

Dehra Dun Staff

Correspondent writes:

Cloudy skies and light surface winds over the past two days have ushered in a mild cold wave in Dehra Dun, forcing people to stay indoors after dusk.

Meanwhile, forest officials have advised people living in or around Rishikesh to avoid morning walks or entering the forests as elephants had reported been moving around several areas like Dhalwala, Bibiwala, Shyampur and Chidderwala.

The pachyderms often raid crops during this season and attack human when disturbed.

Rogue elephants have killed at least five persons passing through the Rishikesh-Dehra Dun Highway over the past three years.

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