Photos: Dal Lake freezes as cold wave intensifies in Kashmir

Srinagar: Parts of Kashmir valley witnessed record-breaking minus temperatures after three decades with Srinagar freezing at minus 8.4 Degree. World-famous Dal Lake and other water bodies in Srinagar remain frozen due to the dip in night temperatures.

The State Emergency Operation Centre (SECO) warned people, particularly youth and children, not to walk or play cricket on the frozen part of Dal Lake in Srinagar, as many youths were seen playing cricket and walking on Dal Lake.

Authorities on Thursday have deployed the Quick Response Teams of SDRF and River police at many places around Dal Lake to prevent people from walking on the frozen part of the lake.

Meanwhile, Shikarawalas find it difficult to move their shikaras through the frozen lake. People from other parts of Srinagar are also complaining of water shortage, as the taps were frozen due to bone-chilling cold.

An MeT department official said that Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 8.4 degree, which is so far the coldest in 30 years, “we hope that the temperature doesn’t fall beyond this” he added.

Before this city has recorded minus 11.3 Degree in 1991 while the lowest minimum temperature ever recorded in Srinagar was minus 14.4 Degree in 1893. It was in 1965 when the whole lake was frozen and a jeep crossed the frozen surface from one end to another end.

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