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Post snowfall, severe cold wave hits Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 7: After the year’s first heavy snowfall last week, a severe cold wave has hit Kashmir valley and Ladakh on Monday.

At minus 24.8 degrees Celsius, Drass town was the coldest in Kashmir where even the maximum temperature remained below the freezing point at minus 9.8.

Water bodies in the valley remained frozen as did the water supply taps in Srinagar and elsewhere here. Srinagar recorded minus 4.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 12.5 and Gulmarg minus 11.0 as the minimum temperatures on Monday.

Leh town recorded minus 11.8 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 17.6 as the minimum temperature.

Meanwhile, on Monday, a 60-year-old man’s body was recovered from Babhar village of Pulwama district.

Reports reaching here said that the locals spotted the male body lying in an orchard at Babhar and accordingly informed the police station.

After being informed, the police team reached the spot and recovered the body, they said.

A police officer also confirmed the incident and identified the deceased as Abdul Aziz Bhat (60) son of Ali Mohammad of Dadoora Pulwama.

After conducting all the legal formalities, the body has been handed over to the family for last rites.

“Subsequently, a case under 174 CrPc has been registered and further investigations were taken up,” the police officer said.  Apparently, it seems that the man has died of extreme cold, the officer added. (GNS)