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 Water, power lines hit in upper Himachal; 230 stranded in snow rescued

NEW DELHI: Power, water and communication lines remained out of order in Shimla and two other upper districts of Himachal Pradesh for the fourth consecutive day today, even as 230 people stranded in snow between Fagu and Kufri were rescued by SSB personnel.

In the national capital, shallow to moderate fog during morning hours delayed services of 41 trains. The maximum temperature settled at 19.3 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 8.6, a notch above the season’s average.

Meanwhile, the IMD said the northwestern plains can witness further dip (of up to 4 notches) in the minimum temperatures from tomorrow.

The tribal areas and upper areas of Shimla, Kullu and Sirmaur districts remained cut off from rest of the state for the fourth consecutive day as vehicular traffic was disrupted due to slippery road conditions.

A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) spokesperson said the paramilitary force evacuated 230 people stranded in snow between Fagu and Kufri.

“We received a call from the Petroleum ministry that 130 persons (including officers in the ministry and their families) were stuck in snow. Apart from them, some tourists were also rescued,” the spokesperson said.

The water supply pipes froze and burst at several places in higher hills. Several areas of Shimla remained without water for the fourth day while the supply was restored in half a dozen localities.

Manali and Shimla shivered at minimum temperatures at minus 2.0 degree an minus 0.8 degrees Celsius respectively. (AGENCIES)

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