Record rain, snow

Shimla, June 19
Intense coldwave conditions have revived in Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kinnuar and Kullu districts of Himachal Pradesh with the higher-altitude areas of the tribal districts experiencing fresh spell of snowfall, while rain lashed the lower areas during the past 24 hrs.

Jhingam, Hikam, Gomik, Losar villages of Lahaul-Spiti recorded over 2 to 5 inches of snowfall, while Kunjum Pass recorded over 7 inches of snowfall.

Rohtang Pass, situated at 13,050 feet above sea level, Baralacha Pass and other mountain peaks were experiencing snowfall since this afternoon.

Reckong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur, was receiving intermittent rain and official sources said the day temperatures were 10 to 12 degrees below normal for this period of the year.

A report from Kullu district said Tirthan Jot, Bisloi Jot, Lamba Lambri, Kirtan Kanda villages and Jaloori Pass in Banjar subdivision had already recorded one-and-a-half feet to 2 feet of snowfall in the past four to five days.

The region had never recorded this amount of snowfall during this month of the year, an official spokesman said.

Kinner Kailesh, Khimuphul Pass and other mountain peaks in Kinnaur district were receiving intermittent snowfall since last night, while the lower areas were lashed by light showers, plummeting the minimum and maximum temperatures in the district.

Pangi subdivision in Chamba district continued to remain cut off from rest of the state for the sixth day today due to closure of Saach Pass, which received another spell of snowfall.

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