An avalanche hit the Keylong-Udaipur main road near Kukumseri in Lahaul-Spiti district on Friday night. However, there was no immediate report of loss of life or property.

Reports here said that a huge mass of snow had rolled down the Keylong-Udaipur road near Kukumseri completely blocking the road. The district administration has pressed heavy machinery to cut the avalanche from both sides and the road is likely to be opened within two or three days.

The State Government had already sounded a high alert in wake of a very heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba and Kullu districts.

The entire Lahaul-Spiti district is still under 8 to 10 feet of thick snow and most of the link roads in the area are snow-bound, forcing the people to remain indoors without any power, water or communication facilities.

150 stranded

Around 150 people of Spiti valley and Kinnaur are stranded in Shimla and Riwalsar because of a blockade on the Rekong Peo-Samdoh-Kaza road.

No helicopter services have been provided to these people by the administration so far.

Keylong town, headquarters of Lahaul district, is still under more than five feet of snow and Kaza near Spiti is covered by more than four feet of snow.

There is 3 to 4 feet of snow cover in Rekong Peo and Kalpa areas of Kinnaur district which is still reeling under sub zero temperatures.

The tourist resort of Manali which is hosting the annual winter carnival is reeling under minus 4 degrees.

Traffic restored

Meanwhile, vehicular traffic has been restored to Narkanda, Kufri, Fagu and Mashobara hill resorts near here. Buses are also now plying on NH-22 to the anterior Shimla district areas. The weather is likely to be clear and dry for the coming week, said the weatherman.

District is still under 8 to 10 feet of thick snow