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Kashmir is struggling with one of the harshest winters in history even as Chillai Kalaan ended last night with Srinagar recording minus 8.8 degree Celsius, the coldest in last 30 years.

The major issue people are facing is that of water as pipes and supply lines are completely frozen.


Thousands of people were seen on Sunday trying to buy more woolens from the weekly flea market here.

Officials of the meteorological department said the minimum temperature dropped to minus 8.8 in Srinagar.

“From today onwards there is going to be perceptible improvement in the night temperatures in both J&K and Ladakh,” the officials said adding that the maximum temperature was 2 degrees Celsius in Srinagar on Saturday which is also the lowest maximum recorded this season.

Sonam Lotus, director of the MeT department for J&K and Ladakh said that minus 8.8 is the lowest minimum temperature recorded after exactly 30 years in Srinagar.

“In 1991 the minimum temperature recorded was minus 11.8 in Srinagar,” Lotus said.

The 40-day long period of harsh winter cold known locally as the Chillai Kalan ended last night, but not without leaving an indelible mark in the record book for being one of the coldest winters in Kashmir.

The minimum temperature was minus 12.0 in Pahalgam and minus 8.0 in Gulmarg. Leh town of Ladakh had minus 16.6, Kargil minus 17.4 and Drass minus 26.2 as the nights lowest temperature.

Jammu city had 5.8, Katra 5.4, Batote 1.1, Bannihal 0.6 and Bhaderwah minus 1.5 as the minimum temperature.