Cold wave grips Kashmir, temperature falls by more than 12 degrees

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M Saleem Pandit | TNN | Nov 5, 2018, 23:11 IST

SRINAGAR: Cold wave tightened its grip in Kashmir following weekend’s snowfall, as day temperature was recorded below 7°C in most parts of the Valley on Monday.

Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded the lowest temperature, with a minimum of -0.9°C and a maximum of 7.4°C, a meteorological department official said.

Srinagar recorded a maximum of 7.1°C, less by over 12 degrees from the normal for this time of the year, the official said. The night temperature in Srinagar was also below normal by nearly 3 degrees, recording a low of 1.8°C, he added.

The weather office has forecast mainly dry weather in the state till November 8, after which, it said there was a possibility of isolated showers.

Meanwhile, Hridesh Kumar Singh, commissioner secretary power development department (PDD), visited PDD control room in Bemina on Monday to review post-snowfall power scenario in Kashmir division.

Singh directed chief engineer S&O for the speedy restoration of 132KV lines — the towers of which were damaged at Shopian, Lisser, Wanpoh and Kulgam areas.

He said, the unprecedented snowfall had damaged transformers and power lines, and assured that power in rest of the areas in South Kashmir will be restored by Tuesday. He added that Rs 5 crore will be spent to repair damaged transformers and power supply lines.

Singh visited places in South Kashmir including Anantnag and Pulwama to take stock of the restoration works and convened a meeting to review the ongoing restoration works in Kashmir.