228 roads still closed in Himachal

Shimla, January 14

Even as life in most snow-bound areas is limping back to normal, there was some respite from the cold with clear skies and sunshine in most parts of the state today.

A total of 228 roads were still closed which includes the highest 132 in Lahaul Spiti, 35 in Shimla, 27 in Kullu, 17 in Mandi, 13 in Chamba and four in Kinnaur. A total of 42 water supply schemes were disrupted with the highest 26 in Lahaul Spiti and 10 in Chamba. Besides, power remains disrupted due to damage to 119 transformers including the highest 51 in Shimla district and seven in Mandi.

The teams of the State Electricity Board, Public Works and Irrigation and Public Health departments are working to restore electricity in the remaining areas and repair the damaged water supply schemes.

There was some respite from the cold as the minimum temperature in Shimla today was 2.8 degrees Celsius. The other places in the state also registered a slight increase in both the minimum and maximum temperatures with the maximum in Shimla being 10.8 degrees C.

Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 2.8 degrees C, Bilaspur 6.0, Hamirpur 5.6, Chamba 2.6, Dalhousie 2.2, Kangra 3.9, Palampur 4.4, Una 6.2, Dharamsala 5.2, Nahan 8.3.

Keylong was the coldest at minus 13.3 degrees C, Kalpa minus 6.6, Kufri minus 3.3 and Manali minus 2.2. As per the forecast, the weather is likely to remain dry in the plains and middle hills till January 18, while there is possibility of rain or snow at isolated places in the high hills.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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