Cold wave sweeps Chenab Valley; Bhaderwah freezes at -7 degree Celsius
Despite bright sunshine during the day, severe cold wave has gripped entire Chenab Valley while Bhaderwah froze at minus 7 degree Celsius on Sunday. The minimum temperatures recorded at Banihal, Gandoh, Kishtawar and Doda towns were – 5.2, – 4.7, – 3.6 and minus 2.7 Celsius respectively.
People complained that amid biting cold they were facing immense problems.
According to the MeT officials, another spell of rain and snowfall was expected in Chenab Valley and adjoining Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh on January 15 and 16 forcing authorities at Bhadarwah to issue an advisory to the people to remain indoors.
The weatherman has predicted even harsher weather conditions for next few days as Siberian winds and a western disturbance were expected to bring down the temperatures further.
"We are in the middle of exceptionally severe winter as the temperature has dipped to all time low at minus 7 resulting in freezing of the water pipes and slippery roads," said SDM Bhadarwah Mohd Anwar Banday.
"We have already circulated an advisory to the people especially residing on slopes to remain indoors for some time till the intensity of cold wave subsides.
"People, especially bikers should also avoid driving during afternoon and in the morning as all the roads remain frozen during these times," the SDM said while requesting the people that in the given circumstances they should use electricity, potable water and other essential commodities judicially.
People complained that the water pipes were blocked in most of the areas because of the freezing and they were unable to get the water.