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Northern India shivers under extreme cold wave

Published: December 28, 2018

STORY: Himalayan desert of Ladakh in Indian Kashmir shivered on Saturday (December 27) with temperatures reaching up to minus seventeen in night and minus eight degree Celsius during the day.

Tourists, residents wrapped themselves in multiple layers of clothing and sat around bonfires to keep the cold at bay.

Night temperatures in Ladakh, one of India’s coldest regions, can dip to as low as -30 degrees Celsius. Water streams and rivers have started to freeze already. Locals say getting drinking water through taps and government tankers gets difficult. Normally, people light fires under taps in morning and evening to get the water out.

As per reports Friday (December 28), Srinagar, summer capital of the state is witnessing extreme cold conditions reaching up to minus 7.8 degree Celsius in the month of December after 28 years.

Meanwhile, thick smog and cold wave conditions prevailed in New Delhi and its nearby region and caused delay in several flights and trains. People were seen waiting at the railway platform and airport.

While winter temperatures in South Asia are mild compared to Europe, they can at times prove deadly in India, where thousands of homeless live in shacks without any heating arrangements.

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