Mandi, January 9
Heavy snowfall crippled normal life in Lahaul and Spiti, Mandi and Kullu today. The power and water supply was hit in these districts. Residents of Lahaul and Spiti have been cut off since January 4.
The BRO was struggling hard to connect the internal roads in Lahaul and Spiti. As many as 174 roads were blocked in the tribal district, of which 86 were in Lahaul, 45 in Udaipur and 43 in Spiti subdivisions.
Residents said it snowed throughout the day today. At Darcha, there was above one foot snow on the ground, while at Koksar, it is almost six feet. At Sissu village, close to Atal Tunnel on the Manali-Leh highway, there is over three feet snow, which disconnected the Lahaul valley from Manali.
“The Spiti region is reeling under darkness and it is inaccessible from the Kinnaur side,” said Additional District Magistrate, Kaza, Mohan Dutt Sharma.
In Kullu district, the Solang valley, Gulaba, the Rohtang Pass, Bijli Mahadev, the Hamta Pass and the Jalori Pass received heavy snow.
Since morning, the higher reaches of Kullu and Mandi districts had witnessed fresh snow, while the lower regions were lashed by incessant rain.
As many as 42 roads have been blocked in Mandi district alone, while 20 in Kullu district, including NH 305 at the Jalori Pass and NH-3 at Rohtang Pass. Mandi and Kullu districts were reeling under darkness. — TNS