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Posted at: Jan 12, 2017, 1:07 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2017, 1:08 AM (IST)

Chill claims third life as Shimla shivers at -3.2°C

Manali records -6.6°C, Keylong -11.4°C I Fresh snow adds to worries of residents

Most roads opened, says Chief Secy

  • Chief Secretary VC Pharka said out of the 607 roads affected by snow and rain in the state, 410 have been opened for vehicular traffic which include national highways, state highways, major district roads and rural roads. He said 553 out of the 728 damaged schemes of the I&PH Department had been restored while the electricity supply to Shimla had been restored up to 70 per cent.

Weather chart

  • City - Temp
  • Keylong -11.4°C
  • Kalpa -7.2°C
  • Manali -6.6°C
  • Shimla -3.2°C
  • Solan -1°C
  • Shimla recorded a low of -3.2°C in January after six years
  • The minimum temperature of -3.3°C was recorded in 2011, -4.4 in 2008, -4.8 in 1993, -5.3 in 1992 and -4.4°C in 1991.

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 11

Another person lost his life following severe cold in the capital as Shimla shivered at -3.2°C while most places were still without power and water today.

An infant and an elderly person at Bharari have died due to extreme cold conditions.

  He was living alone as his wife died three years ago while his kids, aged 10 and 12 years, had been in his native place in Rampur since December 18 after their schools were closed.

His door was locked from inside and finding no response, his neighbour broke open the door in the morning and found him lying dead. No injury mark was found from his body and his neighbours and colleagues said he used to suffer from anxiety in cold weather. There had been no power in the area since Saturday. He was complaining of chest problem, they added.

With no light and freezing pipes, there was no water available in most of the areas and residents had a harrowing time. “There has been no power in our area since Saturday,” said Nisha, a resident of Chakkar. “We are unable to carry on our daily chores in the absence of light and water,” she said.

Most affected are the parents of newly born kids. “It’s freezing cold here and we are unable to maintain the room temperature for the infant,” said Suman, another resident, who was leaving for her parent’s house in Bilaspur with her baby girl.

Shimla experienced fresh mild snowfall, bringing smile on the faces of tourists but the residents were a worried lot. Snow occurred at scattered places in the past 24 hours with Bharmaur recording 10 cm of snow, Kothi 8 cm, Manali 6 cm, Kalpa 5 cm and Keylong and Shimla 1cm each while lower areas were lashed by rain. Gohar received 15 mm of rain followed by Pandoh 6 mm and Jogindernagar 4.2 mm.

The cold wave continued and Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti was the coldest at night with a minimum temperature of -11.4°C followed by Kalpa -7.2°C while the key tourist destinations of Manali and Shimla shivered at -6.6°C and -3.2°C. Solan recorded -1°C, Kangra 0.7°C, Una 0.6°C, Sundernagar 0.4°C, Bhuntar 1.5°C and Nahan 3°C. Shimla recorded a low of -3.3°C in January after six years.

The local Met office has predicted dry weather till January 13 and snow and rain till January 17 following fresh western disturbance from January 14 and adjoining plains from January 15.

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