Harsh winter disrupts life, paralyses essential services in Indian controlled Kashmir

Harsh winter disrupts life, paralyses essential services in Indian controlled Kashmir

Indian-controlled Kashmir, ensconced in the lap of mighty Himalayas, is reeling under extreme cold with temperature dropping below the freezing point, bringing normal life to a standstill.

The heavy and incessant snowfall in recent days has cut off the landlocked valley from rest of the world, with air traffic also suspended in the wake of inclement weather.

Quoting a meteorological department official, local media on Monday reported that Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.2°C overnight.

Night temperature at the world-famous ski-resort Gulmarg settled at minus 10°C on Sunday night. Pahalgam, another famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.5°C.

The Himalayan region is presently under the grip of 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan’, which started from December 21.

The harsh winter conditions in Kashmir are generally accompanied by myriad hardships for local people, including…

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