Two more avalanches in Lahaul valley, 17 people airlifted to safety
Cold wave hits Maha vineyards, harvest affected
Manali: Two more avalanches struck Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul valley on Sunday morning. An emergency sortie was conducted between Kullu and Lahaul and 17 people — including seven patients, two of them critical — were airlifted to Kullu.
Udaipur sub-divisional magistrate Subhash Gautam said the helicopter first lifted passengers and patients from Udaipur helipad and then from Stingari helipad near Keylong.
“A total of 17 passengers, including seven patients, were sent to Kullu. The patients were taken on stretcher till helipad as road is blocked with snow. There is forecast for bad weather for next few days and sorties will be impossible in such conditions. People in emergency have been shifted to Kullu,” he said. New Delhi: After heavy storms lashed north India last Thursday, turning streets white with hail and causing damage to crops in the region, the Met department has forecast another spell of wet weather and hailstorms this week, particularly on Valentine’s Day. The wet spell is likely to hit the region from Wednesday, with peak activity the following day, and last till Friday, the Met office said. It is likely to bring snow to higher Himalayas and rain in the northern plains right up to western Uttar Pradesh. Nashik: The extreme cold condition in grape-growing belts of the district, such as Niphad and Dindori, has badly affected vineyards.
Many grape growers have reported cracking of fruit and many have stopped harvest as the cold affects the growth of sugar ingredients in the fruit. Officials say it will take at least one more week to access the damage.
The minimum temperature of Nashik city dropped by 5.8 degree C on Saturday, settling down at 4 degree C as against 9.8 degree C on Friday. Sunday saw the cold wave continuing at 5 degree C.
One of the seven patients being taken on a stretcher to the helipad in Himachal on Sunday. Several roads in Lahaul are blocked with snow