Two more avalanches in La­haul val­ley, 17 peo­ple air­lifted to safety

Cold wave hits Maha vine­yards, har­vest affected

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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

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