Landslides cuts off HT road , first snowfalls

The Spiti valley and the entire Pooh subdivision of Kinnaur remained cut-off today as the Hindustan-Tibet Road was once again blocked beyond Reckong Peo following the reports of fresh landslips from the landslide-prone area of Pangi village. Boulders coming down from the landslide area have damaged a stretch of the road completely blocking traffic on both the sides.

There were also reports of landslides on the Hindustan-Tibet Road at Malling Nullah on the Kinnaur and Spiti border where the vehicular traffic has also been halted for the time being. The engineers and labour force of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) were making efforts to open the road link as soon as possible.

Many tourists were reportedly stranded on the other side of the upper Kinnaur and Spiti valley. The state transport has initiated a transit-shipment service at the blockade sites so that daily commuters and the tourists did not suffer inconvenience.

The district administration has, for the time being, asked the PWD to stop the blasting being carried out to widen the old Hindustan-Tibet Road, which is just above the new Hindustan-Tibet Road.

Meanwhile, reports reaching here revealed that the minimum temperature in most of the villages of upper Kinnaur and Spiti valley had suddenly dropped to sub-zero levels forcing the people to stay in their homes.

In Reckong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur, moderate rainfall has been recorded since last night. The maximum temperature here remained below 10 degrees throughout the day. The minimum temperature was likely to dip to the sub-zero level if the rain continued during the night time, said weather experts.

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