Himachal Pradesh is facing a lot of problems due to the floods and landslides that have taken place in various areas. Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh are experiencing unseasonal snowfall which is leading to life-threatening conditions in the area and has left several tourists stranded.
The wonderful climate in Lahaul and Spiti draws in a huge number of tourists looking for a break from the scorching heat. But sudden snowfall and rain on Sunday, August 18, has made temperatures dive, left a few holidaymakers stranded, and even made broad harm money crops in the valley.
According to the reports around 400 tourists are stuck in the snowfall for the past 48 hours. Out of the isolated tourists, 15 are from Spiti while 200 are from Lahaul. The temperature has dropped down to 0.1degree celsius.
Director of Meteorological Center in Shimla, Dr Manmohan Singh said, “According to our records, snowfall in Spiti during this period is coming after 11 years. The last snowfall in Spiti (during this period) was in 2008. There is no record about Lahaul valley before, thus it is unusual.”
Agriculture Minister Dr Ram Lal Markanda commented on the crisis and said, ” I have spoken to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to deploy a helicopter to rescue stranded people. If weather permits, we will be able to evacuate the tourists.”
The unexpected weather has also wrecked havoc on cash crops in the valley with an entire crop of peas, cauliflower and apple completely damaged by the snow. Farmers in the state have a timeline of only six months to grow their crops before winter hits.
We pray that the condition of the valley improves soon and life become normal again.