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Eight killed in Himachal as bus rolls down hill

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Shimla: At least eight people were killed when a state-run roadways bus rolled down a hill on Thursday in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district, police said.

The Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus was on way from Chamba town to Killar when the accident occurred near Baragarh near Tissa, around 100 km from district headquarters Chamba.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Kulwant Thakur said over the phone that the bus skidded off the road. He said the cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.

The injured have been taken to the nearby hospitals.

The accident spot, some 550 km from the state capital, is one of the remotest places in the state.

Most of the dead and the injured were from Chamba district.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh expressed grief over the incident.

He directed the district administration to take all possible measures to rescue the survivors and provide them relief.

(IANS)

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Heavy Snowfall Expected Across Himachal Pradesh

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 0.6 degree in Manali and 2.8 degrees in Dharamsala

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Moderate to heavy snowfall may occur across Himachal Pradesh in the next one-two days, the Met Office said on Wednesday.

Residents and tourists have been advised not to venture in the high hills as snapping of road links are high.

The supply of essential commodities and transportation of people may get hampered in remote areas of the state, a government official told IANS.

Hills of Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts are likely to experience moderate to heavy snowfall from January 4-6, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS.

He said the western disturbances — storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — are likely to remain active in the region till January 9.

Avoid travelling as snow may block Himachal roads.

Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Dalhousie and Manali are likely to have light to moderate spells of snowfall, he added.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw mild snowfall. It recorded a low of minus 3.4 degree Celsius.

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Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 4.6 degree.

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 0.6 degree in Manali and 2.8 degrees in Dharamsala. (IANS)

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