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Snowfall leads to blockade of Leh road

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The Fact News Service

Mandi, November 1

The fresh snowfall beyond Darcha on the Manali-Leh highway and the Kunzum Pass on the Sumdoh-Kaza-Gramfu highway in the past 24 hours crippled the normal life in Lahaul-Spiti.

Baralacha La received over 45 cm of snowfall, which halted traffic to Leh beyond Darcha, while Keylong and Jispa village had around 10 cm and 30 cm of snow. The 13,050-feet Rohtang Pass also received snowfall.

The Manali-Leh highway is open to traffic via the Atal Tunnel up to Darcha, the last village of Lahaul Spiti towards Leh. The Lahaul Spiti administration had restricted the movement of tourist vehicles to Leh beyond Darcha and towards Spiti from Gramfu.

Manav Verma, Superintendent of Police, Lahaul Spiti, told The Tribune that in view of public safety, the traffic had been restricted on the routes. Tourists were advised to refrain from venturing into high-altitude areas in the next few days to avoid any untoward incident.

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