Avalanche hits Himachal village
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Three days after an avalanche hit Kinnaur village claiming five lives, 15 houses were damaged and 38 yaks killed in another avalanche in the district, which struck a remote village of Sangla Valley on Tuesday morning.
The avalanche in Panpo Kanda village caused massive damage to property and animals but there was no loss of human life, About 38-40 Yaks were buried under avalanche and there was no hope of their survival, Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner J M Pathania said.
The district administration had sounded an alert warning of avalanche threat looming large over high altitude snowbound areas after heavy snowfall on January 18 and 19 and it struck on Tuesday damaging 15 houses and apple orchards.
In the past few weeks, over 1,000 tribal families have been affected due to heavy snowfalls and avalanche in Kinnaur, which still remains cut off by road. Pathania said heavy rocks on the road at Ralley, between Rampur and Recong Peo will take two to three days to clear and district administration has deployed heavy machinery for snow clearance.
Meanwhile, contrary to the claims of the authorities, most roads in the interiors of the state, including Shimla district, remained shut on Tuesday.
However, the Chandigarh-Manali national highway 21, which was shut near Patlikuhl, was opened for traffic. Efforts were also being made to restore traffic on Kotkhai-Hatkoti road. Road to Chopal via Nerwa had been opened and efforts were afoot to open it via Deha.
The Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has been operating buses for Rohru and Chopal from Shimla via Vikasnagar in Dehradun district in Uttarakhand. Buses from Shimla town to Rampur and Kinnaur district were also plying via Dhami.
Internal roads in tourist spots of Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie were too slippery for traffic movement after the recent snowfall. Seven people have lost their lives in the state in the last four days due to snowfall, officials said.
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