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Cold wave claims two lives
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, December 12
The intense cold wave conditions prevailing in the state following mild to moderate snowfall during the past two days has claimed two lives in Kullu district even as rain and snowfall continued for the third day at various places today.

Mangalu Ram, a 62-year-old resident of Pathohar village in Kullu district, died due to intense cold at Kot Nullah while returning home late last evening. In another incident, Vijay (35) died in upper Sultanpur village of Ani, also in Kullu district, due to freezing cold conditions.

Meanwhile, several mid and lower hills across the state were experiencing intermittent snowfall and light showers.

High-altitude areas of the tribal districts of Kinnaur, Chamba, Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti were witnessed snowfall for the third day today. The minimum temperature at Petsio in Lahaul-Spiti plummeted to -17C and -7.5C at Dhundi in Kullu district.

Yesterday, the minimum temperature at Patsio and Dhundi was -9C and -4C, respectively. The night temperature at Keylong was -5.9C, -4.5C at Solang Nullah, -2C at Bhang Manali, both in Kullu district.

Dhundi in Kullu district had so far recorded 94 cm snowfall followed by 62 cm at Solang Nullah, 13 cm at Bhnag Manali, 7 cm at Patseio, 6 cm at Keylong and 7.8 cm at Kalpa in Kinnaur district.

Isolated places in tribal districts and lower parts of the state were experiencing light showers since last night following which the entire state was in the grip of intense cold wave. Shimla recorded around 5 mm rain during the past 24 hours up to 1630 hrs. The minimum temperature at Shimla was recorded at 0.8C as against -0.9C recorded yesterday.

Narkanda, around 65 km from Shimla, had another spell of snowfall this evening. However, there was no disruption of vehicular traffic. The national highway leading to Reckong Peo, district headquarters of Kinnaur, was open for traffic.

The minimum temperature at Sundernagar, Bhuntar and Kalpa fell to 5.5C, 2.8C and -7.5C, respectively. At Dharamsala, the maximum temperature on Wednesday was below 10C. The Dhauldhar range was still experiencing snowfall.

Weather experts have predicted light to moderate rain and snowfall at isolated places in the state during the next 24 hours.

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