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Apple crop hit by rain and thunderstorm, fresh snow in higher hills of Himachal

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Fresh spell of snow in High altitude tribal areas, lower belt lashed by rains and hailstorm, apple crop suffered widespread damage,standing wheat crop was flattened in some areas

Shimla-The high altitude tribal areas had fresh spell of intermittent snowfall while the mid and lower hills were lashed by rains and hailstorm, causing damage to apple crop.

Shimla and its surrounding areas were lashed by hailstorm, followed by intermittent showers, causing sharp fall in mercury which dropped by three to seven degrees.

The apple crop in lower belt, which is in setting stage suffered widespread damage and standing wheat crop was flattened in some areas in the lower hills.

The Western Disturbance triggered another spell of fresh snowfall on higher reaches and Keylong and Kalpa in Lahaul and Spiti and Kalpa in Kinnuar while the Rohtang Pass had 30 cm of fresh snowfall.

The sprawling Dhauladhar ranges in Kangra, Churdhar ranges in Sirmaur and other high hills and Baralacha, Kunjum, Saach and Chansel passes, Shrikhand and Kinner Kailash mountains are experiencing intermittent snowfall accompanied by strong velocity icy winds since yesterday morning.

Kufri, Fagu, Gullu, Cheog, Mashobra and nearby areas of Shimla were lashed with hailstorm causing damage to apple crop and hampering vehicular traffic, Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, Dinesh Malhotra said.

Widespread rains occurred in Himachal during past 24 hours with Banjar wettest in the region with 19 mm of rains, followed by Seobagh and Pandoh in Mandi 13 mm, Karsog and Palampur 12 mm each, Bhuntar 11 mm, Bajaura 10 mm, Baijnath Dalhousie 9 mm, Mandi, Shimla, Rampur and Kufri 8 mm each.

Maximum and minimum temperatures decreased by 2 to 3 degree Celsius with Keylong and Kalpa recording minimum temperatures at minus 1.1 deg C and 0.4 deg C, while Manali and Saluni recorded a low of 3.0 deg and 5.5 deg, followed by Bhuntar 6.6 deg, Shimla 6.8 deg and Sundernagar 9 deg C.

Una was hottest in the region with maximum temperature at 30.2 deg C while Sundernagar and Bhuntar recorded a high 24. 9 deg, Nahan 25.3 deg, Dharamsala 23.8 deg, Solan 21.7 deg, Shimla 18.4 deg and Kalpa 13.6 deg C, three to four degree below normal.

The local MeT office has predicted rain or snow at isolated places in higher reaches and dry weather in the rest of the state during next 24 hours. PTI

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt

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Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1

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Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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