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Lahaul Spiti: Video of Schoolgirl travelling through 2-3 ft snow to take her board exam

A viral video on social media has drawn attention to challenges faced by students in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul and Spiti during board exams.

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Lahaul Spiti: Video of Schoolgirl travelling through 2-3 ft snow to take her board exam

A viral video on social media has drawn attention to the challenges faced by students in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul and Spiti during board exams. The video depicts a schoolgirl riding on a motorcycle with her father to reach her exam center in the Lahaul and Spiti district, navigating through 2-3 feet of snow over a 3-4 km distance.

The girl is not the only one who has to endure such hardships. Many students in the district have to walk for several kilometres in snow and ice to reach their exam centers. The district has been witnessing heavy snowfall for the last three days, which has disrupted the normal life and transport facilities. The roads in the valley have been closed and the power and water supply have been affected.

The district administration has set up 10 centers for the Himachal Pradesh Board Exam 2024, where students from class 10th to class 2nd have to appear for the examination. However, reaching these centers has become a challenge for the students, who have to risk their lives and health in the cold weather.

One such example is Rishika, a student of Khangsar, who walked four kilometers in about 100 cm of snow to reach the examination center Gondhala to appear for the Class 2 examination on Monday, March 4.

Rishika’s brother Pawan made his way in the snow from Khangsar to the Gondhala examination center. He took his sister from home at around 5.30 in the morning and it took them about three and a half hours to cover the distance of only 4 kilometers.

Risk of snow avalanches increases

Heavy snowfall in the last two days has increased the risk of snow avalanches in Lahaul and Spiti district. The district administration has advised the people to stay inside and not go to snowy areas for the next few days.

Many snow avalanches happened yesterday in Lahaul Valley at different places. They stopped the water of the Chenab River between Jasrath and Jobrang villages. The water started flowing again today, which made the people living downstream feel better. The administration had warned them yesterday to be careful because the water could come out suddenly and be dangerous.

The SP of Lahaul and Spiti, Mayank Chaudhary, has given an advisory and named some places that are not safe to travel to because of avalanches. These places are near the Atal tunnel on the Manali-Leh highway, near the Chandra Bridge, from the Chanda Bridge to Sissu, and some other places.

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