Manali-Rohtang Highway Blocked By A Landslide

Kullu’s sudden weather change with heavy snowfall and rain rolled down a landslide just below Rohtang Pass in the area of Rahni Nullah this Sunday blocking the highway route connecting Manali and Rohtang.

What Caused The Landslide

Kullu along with other northern regions of India is experiencing heavy rains and strong winds from past few days. The sudden climate change has caused a lot of damage especially to the ready crops and people’s properties. Also bringing in sudden avalanches and landslides.

Avalanche At Rohtang

Rohtang pass got smothered in heavy fresh snow on Sunday. The fresh snow activated an avalanche in the higher mountains damaging the emergency rescue huts built by the Lahual administration at Rohtang Pass. The emergency huts were meant to provide help and shelter to the people struck by natural disaster.

A big number of inhabitants of Lahaul have got no other option except travelling by foot and crossing the snow covered Rohtang Pass to find shelter in the hostile weather conditions.

The Rohtang’s temperature has dipped about 4-5 degree Celsius in 24 hours. Whereas, on the other hand Manali is also experiencing a sudden temperature drop of 8 degree Celsius.

The Deputy Commissioner of Lahual-Spiti, Deva Singh Negi,  is advising the locals to not cross the pass in the bleak weather conditions.

An advisory has also been issued by the Deputy commissioner for the locals to take precautionary measures while travelling through the pass. It has been advised that the wayfarers should consult the rescue post operators available on both the sides of Rohtang to safely pass through the dangerous area.

Source: The Tribune

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