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Heavy snowfall in Himachal, Kashmir; MHA advises precautions

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 15 Nov 2018, 12:43:16 PM
Heavy snowfall in Himachal, Kashmir; MHA advises precautions

New Delhi:

Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir received fresh snowfall in the last 24 hours. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned for more rain and snow till November 15. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday advised the chief secretaries of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir to closely monitor the situation and take precautions.

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"The State Governments are advised to keep a close watch, monitor the situation in those areas regularly and take precautionary measures. District Authorities be advised accordingly. It is also requested that MHA may be kept informed about any developments in this regard," MHA said in a statement.

Temperatures in some of the most popular hill stations and tourist places in Himachal dropped in negatives. Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was reported the coldest of all with a temperature of minus 3.3 degree Celsius. Manali and Kalpa with minus 1.2 degree Celsius and minus 0.8 degree Celsius respectively. Kufri recorded a temperature of minus 0.3 degree celcius according to news agency ANI.

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Officials in Kashmir Valley also issued a low-danger avalanche warning for seven districts, after fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Kupwara and Ganderbal districts. People in these districts have been asked not to go to the avalanche-prone areas, said officials. 

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First Published : 15 Nov 2018, 12:38:11 PM