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Feb 06, 2013 at 11:40am IST

Himachal Pradesh: Avalanche hits Kinnaur, 7 feared dead

Chandigarh: An avalanche hit a house in Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh and seven members of a family are feared dead. Heavy snowfall in the state triggered the avalanche.

Normal life has taken a hit in Jammu and Kashmir too. The National Highway is shut for over three days now. The Met Department claims that temperature will continue to fall due to chilly winds from the North.

Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner JM Pathania said that a local panchayat panch had informed the authorities that an avalanche had struck near village Kafnu and relief and rescue teams were immediately rushed to the spot. The entire tribal belt is experiencing heavy snowfall for the past three days and normal Life had been completely paralysed as all the highways and link roads were blocked due to snow and even pedestrian movement within tribal valleys has come to a halt.

The higher reaches in the state and mid hills including state capital Shimla are experiencing intermittent heavy snowfall since on Tuesday night and various parts of the town recorded 15 to 30 cm of snow till Wednesday morning.

The Tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts and tribal areas of Pangi and Bharmaur are also experiencing heavy snowfall for past three days and all schools have been closed in Lahaul and Spiti district for three days. The MeT office has warned of avalanche threat in high altitude tribal areas and district authorities have advised the people not to venture out till the hostile weather conditions and snowstorm subsides.

The piercing cold wave sweeping the region has further intensified and snowfall and strong velocity icy winds have forced people to stay indoors. However, the snowfall has brought cheers to skiers who are thronging ski slopes at Solang Nallah, where a winter carnival is to commence from February 9.

With Additional Inputs from PTI