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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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With 78 Deaths Himachal Reports Highest Covid Fatalities in a Day Till Date

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Shimla-Himachal reported the highest deaths due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours on Tuesday as 78 patients succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection. As of now, the official death toll stands at 2,447. The number of active Covid cases in the state reached 34,888 as 2,892 new cases of infection reported in the last 24 hours.

 With 23 deaths, the Hamirpur district reported the highest number of fatalities on Tuesday. In the Kangra district, 14 patients lost their lives, while ten patients were reported dead in Solan district. Out of 78 patients who succumbed to coronavirus on Tuesday, 55 had no comorbidities. Out of 15,700 Covid tests conducted across the state on Tuesday, results of 3,539 remain awaited.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

Amid the high fatality, the state government asked district administrations to explore all available means of transportation on Tuesday.  Besides ambulances, the state government has asked local administrations to sought vehicles available with Army, Paramilitary, ESI, Hydroelectric projects, and more to facilitate the movement of Covid-19 confirmed or suspected patients to hospitals.

All the ambulances in the twelve districts of the state are being mapped onto emergency number 108 for ease of transport services, the government said. Those patients who are currently at home may dial 108 for mobilization of the ambulance.

Many children have lost their parents amidst the deadly second wave of coronavirus. According to official data, seven children in Himachal have lost their parents due to Covid-19. Addressing this issue on Tuesday, the state government announced that it would ensure care and protection of orphan children. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government would provide financial aid, of Rs 2500 to each child every month. The state government has also issued directions to field officers to initiate immediate action for placing the children under foster care. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 18 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

COVID CASES IN HIMACHAL ON MAY 18

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Covid Orphans Seven Children in Himachal So Far, To be Placed Under Foster Care

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Shimla-The Corona pandemic has not only adversely affected the economy but has also devastated families. The deadly second wave has orphaned several children in Himachal Pradesh. There are instances where the children lost both their parents and left in the lurch. In other cases, life has become hard for children with a single parent, especially those coming from economically weaker backgrounds. Such children are forced to confront not only hardships, but they are also traumatized.

According to the official data, as of now seven children in the State have been orphaned due to Covid-19 and all these children were living with their kith and kin.

The Government said it had approached their guardians but they have refused to send the children to the Child Care Institutions. Therefore, the directions have been issued to the field officers to initiate action for placing them under foster care and provide Rs. 2500 per child per month up to the age of 18 years to the foster parents/children.

The state government also said that those children who are enrolled in Child Care Institutions and are temporarily restored to their families due to closure of schools amid the Covid pandemic would be provided Rs. 2000 per month to enable them to continue their online education. Presently 598 children were being benefitted under this Scheme, the state government claimed.

Further, the children up to the age of 18 years who either have lost their parents or are suffering from Covid would be provided shelter and care in Child Care Institutions.

The employees working in these institutions have been declared as frontline workers for purpose of vaccination.

Under the Mother Teresa Asahay Matri Sambal Yojna, financial assistance of Rs. 6000 per child per annum was being provided to widows for maintenance of two children up to the age of 18 years. Families whose annual income does not exceed Rs. 35000 were being covered under this Scheme, the government informed.

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Weather Alert in Himachal, Heavy Rainfall and Hailstorm Predicted for Two Days

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Shimla-With the onset of Western Disturbances in northern India, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow alert for May 18th, 19th and 20th in the plain/low hills and middle hills. For higher hills, a yellow alert has been issued for May 19th and 20th with predictions of heavy rain in most areas and chances of snow in some parts.

The meteorological department has issued a yellow alert for Una, Bilaspur, Kangra, Hamirpur, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur. In some areas of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur, the higher hill areas can receive snowfall.

The minimum temperature recorded in Shimla on Tuesday was 16.3 degree Celsius, 15.3 in Sunder Nagar, 12.1 in Bhuntar, 7.1 in Kalpa, 16.0 in Dharamshala, 20.8 in Una, 19.5 in Nahan, 3.0 in Kelang, 18.0 in Palampur, 16.0 in Solan, 10.0 in Manali, 19.0 in Kangra, 15.0 in Mandi, 16.8 in Bilaspur, 17.2 in Hamirpur, 14.0 in Chamba, 17.0 in Dalhousie and 14.4 degree Celsius in Kufri.

The maximum temperature recorded on Monday in Una was 40.4 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Bilaspur was 39.5, 38.8 in Hamirpur, 35.4 in Kangra, 35.0 in Nahan, 34.4 in Sunder Nagar, 34.3 in Chamba, 33.1 in Bhuntar, 31.6 in Solan, 27.4 in Dharamshala, 26.6 in Shimla, 22.0 in Kalpa, 21.3 in Dalhousie and 17.2 degree Celsius in Kelang.

As defined by the Met department, low hills/plains cover Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Parts of District of Kangra (Nurpur, Jwala and Dehra), Solan (Nalagarh, Baddi, Arki and Kunihar), and Sirmaur (Nahan and Ponta Sahib.

Middle hills cover Shimla, mandi, Kullu, some parts of Chamba (Sihunta, Chowari and Chamba), and most parts of Solan and Sirmaur district.

Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Upper parts of Kullu and Mandi falls in the higher hills.

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