Two die as cold wave sweeps Himachal

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh continued to shiver under sub-zero temperatures on Wednesday even as two persons died in weather-related incidents in Mandi and Sirmour.

The district administration of Lahaul and Spiti issued an avalanche advisory, urging people not to venture near Rohtang tunnel. Keylong, the district headquarters, remained the coldest place in the state with a minimum of minus 13.8 degrees Celsius.

Padam Singh, 32, a resident of Rangcha village near Seraj town of Mandi district, died when an avalanche struck Shettadhar Hill while he was on his way to Shet village. He left home on Monday but when he did not reach his destination, family members started a search and found his body buried in snow on Tuesday. Balichowki tehsildar Hira Nand said that Singh’s family had been given an immediate relief of ten Thousands.

In another incident, Virender Singh, 40, of Kharoti village in Haripurdhar town of Sirmour district died due to injuries sustained after he slipped on ice. His family members said he had gone to the Haripurdhar market and was returning home when he slipped. He died before help arrived.