In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, people are facing water crisis because of freezing water taps, springs and supply lines across the territory.
The Kashmir Valley is reeling under an intense cold wave since the heavy snowfall earlier this month. The intense cold has resulted in the freezing of water supply lines and water bodies in several areas, including Dal Lake.
“All the water pipes that carry water to my house are blocked. Every day it takes me almost 2-3 hours to defreeze the water pipes, and my success rate is low. I have used every means to prevent the freezing but failed to ensure the uninterrupted water supply,” Nasir Ahmad, a resident of Srinagar said in a media interview.
The complaints of water shortage have been pouring in since the beginning of the Chillai Kalan, 40-day harsh winter period, as the temperature has broken decades-old record this year with the Valley witnessing the coldest January since 1991.
“For the past one month, we have been facing water crisis due to frozen pipes. We have to wait till noon for the ice to melt. This is the worst winter I have witnessed in my life,” a 60-year-old, Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Shopian said.—KMS