Srinagar, Nov 28 (UNI) Severe cold with mercury dipping to minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, coupled with unscheduled power cuts and water shortages due to dry weather has affected normal life in the Kashmir valley.
Somr parts of the Dal Lake were again partially frozen today.
However, freezing water started melting as the day progressed due to above normal temperature.
A met office spokesman said the minimum temperature dipped to minus 4.8 degrees, the coldest so far this winter.
He said there was no possibility of rain during the next 24 hours because of lack of Western disturbances (WD).
We are not receiving enough WD from the Arabian sea which usually comes through Afghanistan and Pakistan.
People in Kashmir are facing severe cold besides unscheduled power cuts.
The power generation in local hydel projects had dropped because of fall in the water level in river Jhelum and Sindh and their tributaries as the valley witnessed dry weather for the past few months. However, the authorities have decided to import electricity from other states to meet the local requirement.
The valley also had deficit rainfall during the summer.