Just as citizens of the Delhi NCR got a relief from cold temperatures in December, cold wave strikes again. NCR saw a minimum temperature of 1.8 Degrees in Ayanagar area on 6th January.
Minimum temperatures in Delhi were measured at 3.8 degrees Celsius, 1.8 degrees, and 3.3 degrees. These were at the meteorological stations in Lodhi Road, Ayanagar, and Ridge.
The lowest January temperature in two years was recorded on Thursday, making the city colder than numerous hill stations. The Safdarjung Observatory, the city of Delhi’s main weather station, recorded a minimum temperature of four degrees Celsius on Friday.
Air and Rail transport affected:
In the meantime, a thick layer of fog continued to cover northwest India and central and eastern regions of the nation. Thus, hindering train and road travel. According to a Railways official, at least 26 trains were delayed as a result of gloomy conditions. At 5:30 in the morning, the Palam observatory, which is close to the IGI Airport, recorded a visibility 200 metres.
Power grids are under stress due to the cold snap, and the homeless and animals are facing difficulties. A senior IMD official claims that a new Western Disturbance, which is anticipated to reach northwest India starting January 7, will finally bring some comfort from the cold weather.
Shelter Arrangements for the poor amidst cold wave:
According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), there are accommodations for up to 22,000 individuals. The same will also receive mattresses, blankets, and two meals every day. This department of the Delhi government divides the city into 15 zones for the purposes of operation. There is also a helpline number that people can contact to get in touch with the shelters.
“250 temporary tents are set up in different areas of Delhi, in which beds, blankets, etc. are arranged for people to stay. Kashmere Gate, AIIMS, Yamuna Pusta, Bangla Sahib etc. are the areas where tents have been set up.” According to Vipin Rai, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board member.
The IMD department has also issued an orange alert for the cold wave. The department is urging people to dress heavily to face the extreme weather. People are also urged to give away old blankets and clothes to those in need.
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