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Season’s first spell of rain, snow not sufficient, be ready to tackle drought-like situation: HP Govt



Shimla: This winter season’s first spell of snow and rain did knock at the doors of Himachal Pradesh but mostly remained confined to higher reaches of Chamba, Kinnaur, Shimla, Sirmaur, and Kullu. Today, the State woke up to a wonderful sunny day.

This short spell of snow and rain is not sufficient and the drought-like situation still looms large in the State. The State still remain rain deficient and the groundwater levels are still decreasing.

While snowfall in Shimla and its surrounding tourist destinations like Kufri and Narkanda has brought a big smile on the faces of those dependent on the hospitality industry, the worries for the agrarian and horticulture community have hardly lessened by the scattered rain.  

District-wise list of rain/snow and maximum temperature in Himachal on Jan 23,  2014

Station Max. (oC)  
Shimla 12.2 Rainfall 5.5 mm  Snowfall 0.5 cm
Sundernagar 11.8 6
Bhuntar 14 0
Kalpa 10.6 0
Dharamshala 15.8 7
Una 11.4 12
Nahan 16.5
Keylong 4.2 0
Palampur 16.7 0
Solan 13.6 10
Manali 10.6 0
Kangra 12.4 3
Mandi 13.9 0
Bilaspur 11.8 3
Hamirpur 11.8 0
Chamba 12.8 0
Dalhousie 4.9


The tourist from neighbouring Punjab and Delhi are thronging Shimla.  About 200 routes including the Shimla-Rampur Highway were still closed due to snowfall at the time of writing.

Govt tells Horticulture, Agriculture, IPH, Animal Husbandry to be prepared 

HP govt meeting on drought like situation in Himachal Pradesh

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur yesterday evening, in a review meeting, again directed the line departments like Horticulture, Agriculture, Irrigation and Public Health and Animal Husbandry etc. to gear up and make necessary arrangements while there is still time.

The Meteorological Department had predicted rain and snow from January 23-25. Thereafter, the sky is predicted to remain partly clouded but no rain or snow.  

Besides drinking water problem, acute shortage of fodder for animals still haunts the State.

Though as predicted by the meteorology department, there was scattered rainfall in the State today, it seems that the rainfall won’t be sufficient to douse jungle flames,

said the Chief Minister.

 In light of the forecast next month we have to take steps for preparedness and response in order to tackle the present drought-like condition,

added the Chief Minister. 

If the weather remained dry during next couple of weeks, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) will provide adequate funds to provide relief to the farmers for crop damage, drinking water supply and ensuring adequate fodder and water for livestock.

The district administrations have been told to be ready for the tendering of water tankers in water scarcity areas.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahendar Singh said agriculture and horticulture sectors are slightly affected due to deficient rainfall in districts like Chamba, Shimla, Solan, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Una and Sirmaur.

The IPH department and the deputy commissioners are told to ensure the water quality testing per week to the subdivision level in wake of jaundice cases reported during January. 

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases



COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)



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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla



Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space



covid-19 in himachal pradesh igmc beds full

Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)


Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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