Shimla: Heavy rains lashed Himachal Pradesh in the past 24 hours while state residents woke to a power blackout on Monday morning. Due to power grid failure electric supply in the state was disrupted from Sunday night and power could be restored by 10 am on Monday morning.
The grid failure had it’s impact on all North Indian states of Himachal, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Monday being a working day, scores of office goers and school children had to face difficulty in the morning.
Heavy rains were reported from Chamba and Kangra districts in the state. Dharamshala recorded 129 mm of rainfall where as Sihunta and Thana Plaun in Chamba received 50 mm and 71 mm of rains.
Heavy rains brought the temperature down in the state but Una recorded 35.6 C being hottest in the state. Shimla recorded a temperature of 22.5 degrees, Solan 28.4 degrees, Dharamshala 27.8 degrees, Sundernagar 31.8 degrees and Nahan 27.1 degrees. Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded a high of 25 degrees and Keylong in Lahaul was at 28.6 degrees.
The rise in mercury in tribal areas has speeded up melting of snow, increasing discharge of water in major rivers, proving a boon for hydropower projects.