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Heavy snow brings hardship to N. India

01-11-2012 14:57 BJT

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Heavy snowfall in northern India has brought hardship to the people living there. Although tourists have increased, hotels lack in fresh water, as the supply pipes have frozen. And in remote villages of Jammu and Kashmir, everyday life has come to a standstill.

It may look like a winter wonderland, but a relentless cold wave means India's northern Himachal Pradesh state face a water shortage.

It's bad news for hotels who are witnessing a surge in tourists.

Water has frozen in the supply pipes.

Some hotels have resorted to melting snow for their guests.

Heavy snowfall in northern India has brought hardship to the people living there.

Surinder Arora, hotel employee, said, "The snowfall is profitable for us, yet it has some consequences, as we are facing problems due to a water shortage. For past three-four days there is no water supply in the region. We have to collect the snow and melt it on gas stoves to fulfil our customer's needs."

Snow has piled nearly a meter high in the state capital Shimla, according to local media reports. Many places are totally cut off from Shimla, forcing people to walk long distances.

Indian Army personnel have distributed medicine to villagers in remote and far-flung areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Residents there have been left without transport, water, electricity and medical care.

Heavy snowfall in northern India has brought hardship to the people living there.

Colonel Sugato Sen, commanding officer, said, "Mostly people are suffering of chest infections and colds, so we are carrying medicines to cure these ailments, so that we can help them at their door steps."

The harsh weather is taking its toll on several parts of northern India. Among the hardest hit is Jammu and Kashmir.

But for now, villagers are grateful for relief provided by the army.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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