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Huge avalanche hits Hukumsari in Lahaul valley, no loss of life
Shimla | Saturday, Feb 9 2013 IST
 
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A huge avalanche hit Keylong-Udaipur main road near Hukkamsari in Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh yesterday. However, there was no immediate report of loss of life. The state government has already sounded high alert in the wake of very heavy snowfall in the high reaches of Lahaul Spitit, Kinnuar, Chamba and Kullu district. Reports receievd here said an avalanche rolled down on Keylong Udaipur main road near Hukumsari leaving a huge hill of snow on the road. After getting report of the avalanche the district administration has pressed heavy machinery to cut the avalanche from both the sides. The road is likely to be thrown open within two or three days. Entire Lahaul Spiti district is under eight to ten feet thick sheet of snow. Most part of link road is snow-bound forcing the people to remain indoor without power, water and communication facility. Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Panchayat Raj state in charge Sohan Singh told UNI that about 140 people were stranded at Shimla and Riwalsar and waiting for reopening of Rampur-Recong-Peo-Samdoh-Kaza road to return to their homes in Spiti valley. Saying that helicopters could be used to help the stranded people he added that immediate relief would be provided as Spiti valley mostly remains open during heavy snowfall but this time it is cut off from the rest of world because Hindustan Tibet highway could not be thrown open. Keylong town, which fall in Lahaul valley have five feet thick snow on the road while Kaza in Spiti valley also had four feet snow in the tribal town. Similarly, Recong-Peo and Kalpa in Kinnuar reported mounting of three to four feet thick snow on the road bringing down the mercury to minus 14.7 degrees and Kalpa minus seven degrees. State General Administration (GAD) today conducted two chopper flights from Bhuntar to Rawa and Bhuntar to Satingri helipads in Lahaul valley to facilitate the people trapped in snow to reach valley. Tourist resorts of Manali registered a fall of three degrees in the night temperature and was cold at minus four degrees. Tourist resorts of Narkanda, Kufri, Fagu, Mashobra, Chail were thrown open for vehicular traffic after a gap of five days and tourists could enjoy snow sports in these tourist destinations. However HRTC buses were plying in a phased manner to avert any untoward incident.. HRTC had sent its services to Narkanda and Kotkhai yesterday which would be extended to Kotgarh, Rampur on NH-22 and Chopal and Kharapather on Theog-Rohru road today. This capital town showed a marginal improvement in the night temperature-which was recorded at four degrees last night but it is still near freezing point in other middle hills as Bhuntar in Kullu was coldat 0.2 degrees, Sunderngar in Mandi recorded 2 degrees, Saluni 2.5 degrees, Solan 3 degrees, Una 4.5 degrees, Dharmshala 6.8 degrees and Nahan 7 degrees. District administrations have also cautioned the people to remain indoors avalanche threat is still looming large in Kinnuar, Kullu, Lahaul Spiti and Chamba districts. However, Met office has forecast improvement in day temperature by two to three degrees in the state UNI ML AE RP VC1821 NNNN

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