Srinagar, Nov 12: As the weatherman has predicted widespread precipitation from Friday onwards, people in Kashmir are worried about how the winter months will pass amid the COVID-19 virus still being present in the Valley.
“The winter has set in and like past years we are trying to stock the essential commodities. Last year winter was very difficult as we witnessed a massive snowfall after many years. But there was no COVID-19. This year the winter is different. We are in the midst of the pandemic and have no idea about when it will be over,” said Gulzar Ahmed.
He said, “The winter has been a part and parcel of our lives but we are witnessing the pestilence for the first time in winter that’s why most of us are feeling unnerved.”
The weatherman has predicted that the precipitation could lead to the disruption in air and surface traffic and people should be prepared to face the inclement weather. It’s in place to mention here that Srinagar-Jammu National Highway had remained blocked for many days during the last winter season due to frequent landslides and heavy snowfall. The highway closure had led to the prices of essential commodities skyrocketing and many items completely disappearing from the markets.
An official while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “We have learnt from our past experiences. We don’t know how harsh the winter could be this year but as far as the stocking of the commodities is concerned we have been doing it continuously.”
He said, “As far as the COVID-19 is concerned all of us are aware of the fact that vaccine hasn’t come so far and it can take a few more months for people to get a shield. A huge population has to be vaccinated and it can take time.”
An observer said, “People of Kashmir are facing a difficult situation. One hopes that their miseries don’t increase in the winter season. Administration has to ensure that commodities remain available and there are enough stocks. Besides taking care of the necessities the administration has to keep the hospitals and other health facilities equipped so that people don’t suffer.”
He said, “Everyone is hoping that we don’t witness another COVID-19 peak during the winter season as it can lead to a humanitarian crisis in the sub-zero temperatures. The helmsmen have to keep a close watch on the situation so that things don’t go out of hand and the system remains intact.”