10,000 vehicles stuck in Himachal Pradesh snow

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Hundreds of villages in India without power.
Heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh has left 10,000 vehicles stranded across the state as most roads are closed.

People reeling under shortage of essential commodities in many places.

This was published on Jan 21, 2013, but I somehow missed it.

SHIMLA: Apart from national highways, around 185 roads are blocked due to snowfall.

Tourists heading for Manali to enjoy snow were forced to walk from Patlikuhl, some 20km (12 miles) because Kullu-Manali highway is still closed, a government official said. The local administrations have not been able to clear the snow till Sunday evening from roads in the tourist towns of Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie.

With blocked roads bringing traffic to a standstill, people are reeling under shortage of essential commodities in many places.

Snapped power lines are still to be restored fully after the snowing. In the snowbound districts of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kullu and Shimla, hundreds of villages are still plunged in darkness.


Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

3 thoughts on “10,000 vehicles stuck in Himachal Pradesh snow”

  1. Looks like it’s common to have snowfalls there, but the one of Jan 19th was relatively strong (comparable to 2004):
    “19 Jan 2013,20:18 IST
    The heaviest snowfall recorded in eight years brought life to a standstill in much of Himachal, with one person life limped to cope up with difficult cold conditions in the state capital with many tourists caught unprepared to face the rough weather conditions. “In 24 hours, Shimla recorded 39 cm of snow,” said Manmohan Singh, director meteorological office. The last time is snowed heavily in January, it was in the year 2004, he added”

  2. The one thing I always wonder about when I see these posts is this – are these unusual and infrequent events? Blizzards in Maine, as an example are not unique nor uinfrequent, but I know nothing about what part of India this is, or whether this is a unique event? Many of the posts for the middle east, etc., always leaves me wondering if these events are, in effect unusual. Is it possible to have a link to information that shows the uniqueness of these events? I know, a lot of work for one person, but perhaps if those that are forwarding links could also forward a link to what’s normal, it would help drive the points home even better.

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