Pithoragarh, February 18
The Munsiyari to Thal road remained closed for the third day today as the district witnessed 37 mm to 60 mm of rainfall and one foot to 4 feet of snowfall till Sunday morning, sources in the District Disaster Management Department said here today.

“Considering shivering cold conditions in almost all parts of the district, especially in the high altitude towns of Munsiyari, and Berinag, we have arranged ‘Alaow’ at almost all towns for 24 hours till Sunday. We have also distributed 100 blankets to poor people in each subdivision of the district to help them survive the cold wave,” said RS Rana, District Disaster Management Officer of the district.
Rana said the maximum 60 mm rain was recorded in Berinag subdivision till Sunday morning. “While the Kalamuni hills in Munsiyari town received a record 5 feet snowfall, the low altitude areas of Pithoragarh, Berinag and Didihat received the first snowfall in the last eight years,” he added. Rana said barring some minor incidents of roof collapse in villages in Munsiyari, no untoward incident occurred in the district.

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