The cold waves continued in Jharkhand and its adjoining areas as many parts of the Himalaya witnessed snowfall today.
In Jharkhand’s capital one poor man was reported to have died.The Governor Syed Ahmad had asked the state government officials to arrange bone fire for the people spending nights on the pavements.
Many activists had distributed blankets among the poorest of the poor.Even National Thermal Power Corporation’s North Karnpura project in Jharkhand had distributed 650 blankets among the villagers of Pandu Panchayat in Hazaribagh.
Elsewhere,the fog continued to upset the traffic of the railways as many trains were reportedly running late.Even the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH 1A) remained closed on Saturday due to heavy snowfall, leaving traders stranded amid chaos and traffic blockage.
Truck drivers said they are facing major problems due to the shutdown of the highway and were stuck midway without food and water.
“We have been stopped here but no basic facilities like food and water has been provided. We are facing lot of problems. The government is aware that we face this problem every year but still no arrangements are made for us,” said Bilal, a truck driver.
Unending queue of vehicles stranded on the highway was seen with travellers facing untold miseries.The weatherman said the temperature may not dip in the coming week.