Freezing temperatures eliminate life in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Normal life was deactivated on Tuesday when temperatures below zero during the night led to the formation of a thick layer of ice on the roads, which resulted in the cancellation of several flights to Srinagar .

The minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 2.7 degrees Celsius.

The Valley has witnessed heavy snow and sleet in the last two days.

An official of the Airports Authority of India said that the morning flights should be canceled due to slippery conditions on the runway.

Flight operations resumed in the afternoon, he said.

The complex in southern Kashmir was the coldest place recorded in the Valley at minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, followed by the ski resort in northern Kashmir at minus 7.6 degrees Celsius.

Kashmir is currently under the control of 'Chillai-Kalan', the hardest period of 40 days of winter, when the chances of snowfall are higher and the maximum and minimum temperatures fall considerably.

'Chillai-Kalan' began on December 21 and ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) of 20 days and a 'Chillai-Bachha' (small cold) of 10 days.