Cold wave continues, Drass freezes at -28.5C

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/14/2021 1:03:19 AM

NHW likely to remain closed for another 10 days

SRINAGAR, Jan 12: Cold wave in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh continued as night's lowest temperature dropped to bone-chilling -28.5°C in Drass town of Ladakh, one of the coldest inhabited places in the world. Yesterday, the maximum temperature in Drass was recorded at -10.6°C.
"Weather is likely to remain foggy and dry. Due to cloud cover, the gap between maximum and minimum temperatures has dropped down in Valley and Ladakh," an official of the meteorological department said.
The minimum temperature was -0.9°C in Srinagar on Tuesday, while the maximum was 4.1°C on Monday. This has made both the day and the night frosty cold for the locals.
Pahalgam had -5.3°C and Gulmarg -11.3°C as their minimum temperatures on Tuesday. Leh town of Ladakh had -15.9°C, Kargil -14.4°C and Drass -28.5°C as the night's lowest temperature.
Meanwhile, Jammu city recorded 8.9°C, Katra 6.4°C, Batote 2.4°C, Bannihal 2.0°C and Bhaderwah -0.5°C as their minimum temperatures.
Morning fog affected pedestrian and vehicular movement in Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday, January 12, as the gap between the maximum and the minimum temperatures narrowed down in the Valley and Ladakh.
Temperatures across Union territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh remained below zero with Dras being the coldest place in country. After the heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, temperatures are continuously decreasing in both the places.
An official spokesperson said that 286 stranded passengers of Ladakh were airlifted today in C-130, C-17and AN-32 Aircrafts of Indian Air Force between J&K and Ladakh today. 21 passengers were airlifted from Leh to Srinagar, 35 from Srinagar to Kargil, 19 from Kargil to Srinagar, 21 from Jammu to Kargil, 70 from Kargil to Jammu and 120 from Leh to Jammu.
This was stated by Aamir Ali, Chief Coordinator Kargil Courier Service. He said that the passengers expressed their gratitude to Indian Air Force authorities, CEC LAHDC Kargil, Divisional Commissioner Ladakh and Deputy Commissioner Kargil for facilitating the aircrafts. AN-32 Kargil Courier Service operates thrice a week between Kargil –Jammu and twice a week between Kargil-Srinagar, due to closure of Srinagar-Kargil road.
The Kargil Courier had got cancelled due to recent bad weather and Ladakh Administration made a request to the Ministry of Defence, Govt of India to deploy C-17, C-130 and AN-32 aircrafts to cater to the backlog. On Wednesday 13th January another sortie of AN-32 Kargil Courier has been planned between Kargil-Srinagar and Kargil-Jammu. The passengers have been asked to contact the concerned Liaison Officers.
Authorities today said that it will take 10 days to fix the retaining wall of a bridge on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway to make it motorable.
According to the officials, "Jammu-Srinagar NHW shall remain closed due to sudden collapse of retaining wall of a bridge near KelaMorh, Ramban on 10.01.2021 at 6:20 pm. Repairing by concrete filling and settling of the concrete for making it motorable may take approximately 10 days as per P.D NHAI (Road construction and maintaining Agency).
In the interim, to restore connectivity a Bailey bridge is being launched by BRO. However, Jammu-Doda-Kishtwar, Jammu-Ramban, Gool Sangaldan, Magerkot- Banihal, and Banihal-Qazigund stretches are through for local traffic. People are requested to take their journey accordingly," it said according to KNS correspondent.
The retaining wall of a Bridge near KelaMorh collapsed in Ramban on 10th of January leaving the highway shut for traffic.
"Earlier also highway remained shut for many days due to snowfall leaving to the shortage of essentials in J&K," an official added .



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