Dharamsala gets highest precipitation in 60 years

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Shimla, Aug 24 (IANS) For the first time in over 60 years, Dharamsala, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, on Friday recorded the highest precipitation on a single day in a month, an official said here.

In the last 24 hours, Dharamsala in Kangra district recorded 292.4 mm of rain and this was the highest ever precipitation in the town in August, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director Manmohan Singh told IANS.

He said the last time the highest single-day precipitation in Dharamsala of 316.4 mm was recorded on August 6, 1958.

According to him, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was recorded at many places in Kangra and at a few places in Mandi district. The rainfall was widespread in the state.

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Jogindernagar in Mandi recorded 127 mm rain, while it was 98 mm in Palampur, 96 mm in Baijnath and 15.6 mm in picturesque tourist resort Manali.

The state capital saw no rain. It recorded a low of 17 degrees Celsius.

The weather bureau has forecast heavy rain at isolated places in the state till Sunday.

–IANS

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