Unprecedented dry spell shrinks water bodies in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 11: Unprecedented dry spell amid intense cold has resulted in many water bodies hitting the bottom in Kashmir as the weather office forecast generally dry weather till January 25.
The ongoing 40-day long period of harsh winter cold known as the ‘Chillai Kalan’ started on December 21 and will end on January 30.
Amid prolonged dry spell, there was no let up in freezing weather conditions as Srinagar recorded a low of minus 5.0°C on Thursday, However the weatherman Predicts snowfall over isolated higher reaches in Kashmir.
“If the present dry spell continues till the end of Chillai Kalan then we are headed for a miserable summer water situation.
“Snowfall after the Chillai Kalan hardly replenishes the perennial water reservoirs in the mountains”, said a senior engineer of the Jal Shakti department.
Srinagar had minus 5, Gulmarg minus 3.5 and Pahalgam minus 6.3 as the minimum temperature.
Leh town in Ladakh had minus 15.8 and Kargil minus 14.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city had 4.7, Katra 5.1, Batote 3.8, Bhaderwah zero and Banihal 5.2 as the minimum temperature.–(IANS)
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