Two persons died of asphyxiation in Srinagar as the valley shivered on Tuesday under sub-zero temperature with all its attendant consequences such as tap water turning into ice and lakes and ponds becoming frozen.
“The bodies of Mohammad Anwar and Mohammad Aalam, residents of Bihar, were recovered on Monday at an under-construction house. They died due to inhaling carbon monoxide emanating from a coal heater,” a police spokesman said.
The temperatures ranged from minus 6 degree centigrade in Srinagar to minus 17 degree centigrade in Leh.
Many students appearing in their BA examinations fell unconscious in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday afternoon after inhaling gases emanating from a hard coke heater. Power cuts have added to people’s problems. Icicles hanging from trees, houses and hotels are a common sight in places such as Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
“Till the western disturbances (conditions causing rain) do not reach the valley, the cold wave will continue,” a weather official said.