Kashmir receives record snowfall

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Srinagar/Mumbai, Feb 7 : Jammu and Kashmir has been experiencing heavy snowfall for the past three days, disrupting normal life in the entire Valley.

"The snow has been falling since the past two days. This year, even during the night, we had snow fall," said Irfan, a resident.

The heavy snowfall has cut off the road and air links of the Kashmir valley from rest of the country.

According to news reports, hundreds of vehicles carrying essential commodities and passengers are stranded along the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, causing shortage of essential commodities in the Valley.

All flights to and from Srinagar remain disrupted due to heavy accumulation of snow and poor visibility at the Srinagar airport.

The severe cold wave griping north India seems to have influenced the weather in Mumbai which is also experiencing cold wave like conditions almost after four decades.

Mercury levels in Mumbai have dipped and the temperature has been hovering around 9 -10 degrees Celsius over the past two days forcing the people to wear woollens and huddle around bon fires.

Youngsters said that they have never seen temperatures dipping to such levels in their life time.

"After so many years in Mumbai, we are facing cold wave conditions," said Rakesh, a resident.

According to the Met office, the temperature of 9.4 degree Celsius recorded on Wednesday was the lowest in the past 58 years.

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