Heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh

Warning in five districts of Himachal Pradesh

A heavy snowfall alert is issued in Himachal Pradesh. Warning asks residents in five districts of Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Shimla, Kinnaur and Kullu, to stay away from higher slopes today. The advisory comes after the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment issued an avalanche warning.

The meteorological office has predicts heavy snowfall in the coming days in the hill state and a ‘red’ alert is issued for today.

The state government has asked the district disaster management authorities to monitor the situation closely. whenever it is necessary take appropriate steps, said a government spokesperson. The authorities have also kept rescue teams on standby to deal with any emergency situation, the official added.

Residents of the five districts is advised to stock up on essential items and emergency medicines. The government has further told people to dial 1070 to contact the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) if required.

In Uttarakhand, too, the weather department has warned of hailstorms at isolated places and heavy snowfall in the higher slopes in the next 36 hours. Warning is issued in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh, the meteorological office director, Vikram Singh told news agency PTI.

“The weather condition has an effect of movement of western disturbance in the western Himalayan region . This causes  formation of an induced system over north Rajasthan and neighbouring areas,” Mr Singh said. In his statement to ensure authorities are advised to control the movement of tourists in the hills today.

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