Chill intensifies in Kashmir

Chill intensifies in Kashmir

Avoid going out during morning-evening, advice experts

Srinagar, Nov 23: As the chilly weather intensified, experts have advised elderly persons and children, to avoid going out during morning and evening hours in the Kashmir valley, where a number of places, including summer capital, Srinagar, recorded coldest night of the winter so far.
Meanwhile, Leh was coldest after the minimum temperature recorded further drop and settled at minus 13.5 degree in the region, where the weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours. There will no change in the weather during the subsequent two days, a weather official said Thursday afternoon.
A spokesperson of the S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) said seven patients have died due to H1N1 while seven are admitted while 20 were discharged from the hospital.
As the mercury witnessed continued drop due to open sky during the night, the experts and doctors have advised people, particularly elders and children, to avoid going out during night and morning when there is more cold. Besides those suffering from heart disease, chest infection and respiratory diseases and pregnant women should also avoid moving out in the cold weather conditions.
About seven persons have died due to H1N1 in the Kashmir valley, where some more patients are admitted to hospitals. A doctor in the only Chest Disease Hospital in the Kashmir valley at Dalgate said every bad cold and fever was not HINI. However, she said, those suffering from high fever and severe running nose for a week should go for HINI tests. We have also started test at the hospital for HINI this year, she said adding the number of patients suffering from chest infections and other cold related diseases witness increase during the winter. She advice patients and common people to wear masks to avoid transmission of infection.
Leh and Kargil witnessed coldest night of the season as the minimum temperature recorded considerable drop in the Ladakh region, where majority water bodies remained frozen. However, during the day the frozen parts of the water bodies slightly melts. The minimum temperature at Leh was minus 13.5 degree on Thursday against minus 11.4 degree recorded yesterday.
At border town of Kargil, on Srinagar-Leh national highway, the minimum temperature there was minus 9 degree against yesterdays minus 6.4 degree, Met spokesman said.
Spokesman said the sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 7 degree and minus 11 degree respectively at Leh during the next 24 hours.
People continue to suffer in the Kashmir valley due to chilly weather coupled with frequent and unscheduled power cuts for hours despite repeated directions by Chief Minister and her cabinet colleagues besides divisional administration. However, a fresh but weak Western Disturbance (WD) is approaching the region which could cause isolated rain in the valley from November 25. The recent snowfall on upper reaches and light rain in plains had hardly improved water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries which remained lowest in several decades.
Srinagar recorded further drop in the minimum temperature and settled at minus 2.3 degree, more than three notches below normal, coldest of the season so far. Due to clear weather during the night, the mercury witness drop, Met spokesman said adding it could drop further as weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours.
He said the sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be 13 degree and minus 2 degree at Srinagar during the next 24 hours respectively.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from in south Kashmir was coldest in the valley after the mercury settled at minus 5.7 degree, coldest sofar. The water level in river Lidder, passing through Pahalgam, also recorded considerable drop as snow on the higher reaches was frozen.
Gulmarg, about 55 from here in north Kashmir was second coldest place in the valley as the minimum temperature settled at minus 5.4 degree. Minimum temperature elsewhere in the valley was below freezing point.