Srinagar: There was slight respite from the
intense cold wave conditions for residents of Kashmir but
mercury stayed below the freezing point across the region.
The Gulmarg resort remained the coldest place in the
Valley as the minimum temperature there was recorded at minus
11.2 degrees Celsius, the Met official here said.
Leh town in the remote Ladakh region was the coldest
place in the state recording a low of minus 19 degrees
Celsius, the official said.
He said the adjoining Kargil town recorded a low of minus
18.0 degrees Celsius.
Both the places recorded slightly warmer nights compared
to previous nights when the mercury plunged to a record minus
23 degrees Celsius.
South Kashmir`s tourist resort of Pahalgam and the
gateway town to valley, Qazigund recorded the minimum of minus
7.4 degrees Celsius respectively.
Meanwhile, residents of Srinagar city experienced a rare
day of bright sunshine with the minimum temperature here
recorded at minus 2.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The North Kashmir`s frontier town of Kupwara recorded a
low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, he added.
Meanwhile, braving cold waves and extremely
chilly conditions, Indian Air Force today resumed its rescue
operation, suspended for past three days, and airlifted 136
people trapped in snow-hit Kishtwar district of Jammu and
"A fresh air rescue operation was launched by the
Jammu-based IAF`s 130 Helicopter Unit in Kishtwar district
since early this morning despite blowing snow waves and
extreme cold conditions," Jammu Defence PRO S N Acharya said.
The IAF rescue operation was suspended for the last three
days due to bad weather conditions.
The air operation was launched under Wing Commander
Anurag Kumar after the requisition by the state government to
ferry 300 stranded people in highly snow-hit areas of Sonder,
Dachin, Marwah and Nawapachin in district.