Himachal Pradesh
State Disaster Management Authority

The higher hills comprising the districts of Kinnaur, Lahaul & Spiti, Chamba, and Kullu are particularly vulnerable to the hazards of avalanches, and the destruction caused as a result of avalanches in the past in Himachal Pradesh though not widespread is confined to the higher reaches of the state only. Avalanches have also the history of damage in Himachal Pradesh. The prominent avalanches in Himachal Pradesh are:





Lahaul & Spiti

Jan 1975

Earthquake shocks triggered the avalanche of great dimensions damaging road net work

Lahaul & Spiti

Mar 1978

About 30 people killed, road and properity damaged.


Mar 1979

About 237 people killed . Communication disrupted


Mar 1991

Tinku avalanche occurs every year 4-5 times from Jan to March. Road was blocked for 40 days in 1991



Due to avalanche, huge chunk of debris came down which later changed into flood