Chamba, January 9
Heavy snowfall and rain in Chamba district for the past three days have affected normal life. The upper areas of the district are covered with a white blanket of snow.
At the same time, torrential rains in low-lying areas have triggered landslides at various locations. Due to this, the link of Bharmour, Tissa and Salooni subdivisions has been cut off from the district headquarters.
Many interior roads of the district are closed for vehicular movement. The movement of vehicles also came to a standstill due to a landslide near the Mehla bridge on the Chamba-Bharmour road.
However, the restoration work has also been started on a war footing, removing the debris on these routes, including the Khajjiar hill resort, Jot and Bharmour to resume traffic.
Deputy Commissioner DC Rana issued an alert urging people not to come out of their homes during snowfall and rain as a precaution.
Meanwhile, in an advisory, the police appealed to the people that due to rain, debris and stones were falling from hills on various routes. In such a situation, they were advised to stay home.
However, farmers and orchardists are upbeat, saying that snowfall was a boon for their upcoming crops of apple and wheat.
Besides, heavy snowfall on mountain ranges of the northwestern Himalayas is a deposit for the summer to generate maximum electricity on the power projects operating on the Ravi river and for irrigation in the plains, say experts.
Torrential rains in low-lying areas triggered landslides at various locations, cutting off Bharmour, Tissa and Salooni subdivisions from the district headquarters.