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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM (IST)

Now, potato crop buried under snow in Lahaul

Lost apple crop, already. Won’t be able to bear more losses, say farmers
Now, potato crop buried under snow in Lahaul
A vehicle covered under snow at Keylong in Lahaul on Thursday.

Dipender Manta

Tribune News Service

Mandi, October 11

There seems to be no end to the woes of Lahaul-Spiti residents. First, they lost their apple crop due to early snowfall from September 22 to 24 and then vegetables.

On Thursday, fresh snowfall buried the potato crop, which was ready for harvesting. Farmers could not harvest the crop earlier due to bad weather. Little did they know that they might lose it too. A few days ago, some farmers had started harvesting the potato crop, but bad weather forced them to stall the work. Budhi Chand, a resident of Triloknath in Lahaul, said: “Bad weather is hampering the process. We have already gone through a lot due to early snowfall and now things are not getting any better. Apple orchards suffered 100 per cent damage in Lahaul.”

He said the farmers were worried as the potato crop was ready for harvesting.

Since September 22, Lahaul has been without power. The electricity board has failed to restore the supply to Tod, Tinan and Miyar.

It seems that the residents will have to wait for a few more days. Keylong received 10-cm snowfall on Thursday, while at Koksar, Gondhla and a few other places, it was up to 15 cm. The Rohtang Pass was closed in the morning, but was opened by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the evening. But the decision on allowing vehicular movement here will be taken by the district administration on Friday.

Raman Garsangi, Subfdivisional Magistrate, Manali, said: “The BRO has cleared the snow to open Rohtang for vehicular movement between Manali and Lahaul. Due to bad weather on Thursday, we restricted the traffic beyond the Gulaba barrier. The road will be opened as per the weather conditions.”

Fresh snowfall has cut off Lahaul from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir as the Manali-Leh highway has been blocked near the Baralacha Pass. According to BRO officials, the Baralacha Pass has received around 6 feet snow.

Ashwani Kumar Chaudhari, DC, Lahaul-Spiti, urged locals to avoid venturing outdoors as the district was prone to avalanches. Mangal Chand Manepa, regional manager, Himachal Road Transport Corporation, Keylong depot, said in Lahaul, the bus service had been restarted on a few local routes.

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