Cold wave intensifies in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Cold wave intensifies in Indian-controlled Kashmir
# 07 January 2013 17:38 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The cold wave has intensified in Indian-controlled Kashmir with a steep drop in mercury, officials said Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua .

The icy cold winds triggered due to the below freezing point temperatures are going on unabated in the region.

"The night temperature recorded in Srinagar city was minus 4.9 degrees Celsius. In the Ladakh division, it was minus 14.2 degrees Celsius in Leh district and minus 16.4 degrees Celsius in Kargil district," said an official at Meteorological Department. "The present dry cold weather conditions will continue to prevail during the next two days."

The region's Drass town, the second coldest inhabited place in the world, recorded minimum temperature of minus 27 degree Celsius.

The cold wave conditions have resulted in freezing of the water bodies and edges of lakes and rivers.

The region is now reeling under the harshest 40-day cold spell of winter, locally called Chilli Kalan, which starts from Dec. 21 and lasts until Jan. 31.

The residents face upheavals, for the daytime usually remains enveloped in fog and the pipes carrying drinking water usually freeze during this period.

A statement issued by the local disaster management office said there is a possibility of rainfall or snowfall on Jan. 12 and 13, especially in the higher reaches of the region.

Apart from Indian-controlled Kashmir, the northern Indian states including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi are also experiencing severe cold.

Reports say more than 100 people died due to cold in the northern states so far.