Dehradun, May 8: Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat along with other Congress leaders were left stranded in Kedarnath on Tuesday after heavy snowfall in the area. Congress MP Pradeep Tamta, local MLA Manoj Rawat were also among Congress leaders who were stranded. Meanwhile, Badrinath also received fresh snowfall this morning with 2 inches of snow covering the area. Hemkund, too, received fresh snowfall.Also Read - BJP Takes Swipe At Pandit Nehru In New Video On Partition, Congress Hits Back

Earlier on Monday, snowfall was recorded in Lahaul-Spiti of Himachal Pradesh as well. Thunderstorms hit several parts of India on Monday evening, leading to damage to trees and electricity poles. In Uttarakhand, trees and electricity poles were uprooted in Dehradun and State Disaster Response Force was on the job. Also Read - All Trekkers Hail! 30 Unexplored Peaks, 10 New Trails Now Open In Uttarakhand. What You Need To Know

The Met Department had issued an alert that several parts of North India could witness thunderstorm and squall in the next two days. In view of the alert, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat asked all the District Magistrates to remain alert. All schools in Dehradun and Haridwar would remain closed on Tuesday as would all Aanganwadi centres. Also Read - BJP-JDU Alliance May Break In Bihar; JDU-RJD Can Form Government: Reports