M Majid Malik
Many areas in the higher reaches of Chenab valley received fresh snowfall on Friday, while the plains in the Bhaderwah, Doda and Kishtwar were lashed by rains, even as the Meteorological Department has forecast continuous wet spell till the weekend.
The temperature dipped several notches below normal due to constant rains in its plains and snowfall in the upper reaches since last night. There was a fresh snowfall in Kailash Mountain Range, Padri Gali, Bhaal Padri, Braid Baal, Nehyed Chilly and Asha Pati Glacier surrounding Bhadarwah in the district since yesterday, official sources said.
The cold wave condition forced people to remain indoors and light up bonfires to keep themselves warm in unseasonal cold weather. “We have been trying to resist the severe cold condition since last three days but last night we were left with no other option but to lit the fire place which was not in use since June.
In my life, I have never felt to lit fire place in June,” Chander Gupt Raina a resident of Bhaderwah said. Meanwhile, the fresh spell of snowfall will have a negative impact on the agriculture and horticulture sectors of the area.