Intense cold grips Kashmir Valley

January 22nd, 2012 - 1:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Jan 22 (IANS) An intense cold wave gripped Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley Sunday. The weather office forecast has fresh snowfall.

Bone-chilling winds lashed the region as night temperatures fell much below the freezing point.

It was minus 4.2 degrees in Srinagar, minus 7.6 in Qazigund, minus 11.2 in Pahalgam, minus 14.0 in Gulmarg, minus 20.0 in Leh and minus 17.6 in Kargil.

Due to highly slippery roads and fresh accumulation of frozen ice on roads and pavements, people with bone injuries were continuously pouring into the city’s Bone and Joint hospital.

“The number of patients is increasing. People are advised to wear proper footwear while walking on frozen roads and pavements,” said Manzoor Ahmad Halwai, superintendent of Srinagar’s only specialized bone hospital.

“People should also be careful about the falling snow from rooftops while walking,” he said.

Meanwhile, the weather office has forecast fresh snowfall in the next three days across the valley.

“Fresh snowfall is likely between Jan 23 and 26. The snowfall is likely to be moderate,” said Sonam Lotus, director of the meteorological office.

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