104 Roads and 3 National Highways Blocked in Himachal Pradesh Due to Heavy Snowfall and Rain

Heavy snowfall and rain in Himachal Pradesh disrupted transportation, affecting farmers and fruit growers. IMD predicts above-normal monsoon rainfall, raising concerns about the impact on crops.

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104 Roads and 3 National Highways Blocked in Himachal Pradesh Due to Heavy Snowfall and Rain

104 Roads and 3 National Highways Blocked in Himachal Pradesh Due to Heavy Snowfall and Rain

On April 22, 2024, heavy snowfall and rain in Himachal Pradesh resulted in the obstruction of 104 roads and 3 national highways in the state. The Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority reported that 99 roads were closed in Lahaul and Spiti, 3 in Kullu, 1 in Chamba, and 1 in Kangra. A bridge was also washed away due to rain in Kangra, and a new bridge is expected to be constructed by this month.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) released a yellow warning for thunderstorms with lightning in parts of Himachal Pradesh on April 22 and 23. The local meteorological station also forecasted rain in mid hills and rain and snowfall in higher reaches for the next 6 days from April 21 to April 26, as a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect northwest India from April 22.

Vehicular movement to Keylong was suspended because of a substantial landslide on the Manali-Keylong highway. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) deployed personnel and machinery to clear the blockades, with traffic expected to resume within the next 2-3 hours. Specific snowfall and rainfall data was provided for various locations in Himachal Pradesh, with Koksar receiving the highest snowfall of 19 cm.

Why this matters: The heavy snowfall and rain have caused significant disruptions to normal life in Himachal Pradesh, affecting transportation and connectivity. The adverse weather conditions also pose concerns for farmers and fruit growers, as stormy conditions and hailstorms can harm apple and wheat crops.

Looking ahead, the IMD has predicted an above-normal rainfall season across India during the southwest monsoon, with the seasonal June to September rainfall expected to reach 106% of the Long Period Average. This forecast comes amid weakening El Nino conditions, and the IMD also noted that the northern hemisphere snow cover extent during the last three months has been below normal, which could influence weather patterns, including the upcoming monsoon season.

The Himachal Pradesh administration is working to restore normalcy in the affected areas. "We have deployed men and machinery to clear the blockade and traffic to help commuters. We expect the traffic to resume in the next 2-3 hours," said a BRO official. Farmers and fruit growers remain concerned about the impact of the stormy conditions and hailstorms on their crops, as the region prepares for the upcoming monsoon season.

Key Takeaways

  • Heavy snowfall and rain in Himachal Pradesh blocked 104 roads and 3 national highways.
  • IMD issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms and forecasted rain/snowfall for the next 6 days.
  • Vehicular movement to Keylong suspended due to a landslide on the Manali-Keylong highway.
  • Adverse weather conditions pose concerns for farmers and fruit growers in the region.
  • IMD predicts above-normal rainfall during the upcoming southwest monsoon season in India.