Walking on frozen water bodies risky, warns SEOC

TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/14/2021 1:53:17 PM Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 14: The State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) Srinagar on Thursday warned people, against walking on the frozen water bodies.

Meanwhile, Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of J&K SDRF and River Police have been deployed in Dal Lake, as a precautionary measure.

SEOC Nodal Officer Aamir Ali said today that the minimum temperature in summer capital, Srinagar has witnessed a further drop and settled at minus 8.4 degree, coldest night of the winter so far.

It was recorded as the coldest night of this winter, since the past 25 years, Mr Ali said adding earlier, in 1995 the minimum temperature in Srinagar had reached minus 8.3 degree.

He said due to freezing temperatures many water bodies in the Valley, including the world famous Dal Lake have frozen.

Mr Ali said it has been observed that some people, particularly youth and children, attempt to walk on the frozen water bodies. Moving on this thin layer of frozen water, particularly Dal Lake is very risky and can result in slips, falls, fractures and fatal injuries, he added.

When the thickness of ice is less than 4 inches, it is very unsafe to walk, or play and the ice can break resulting in drowning. “There are many springs inside Dal Lake and the ice is very thin at these spots and it is difficult to spot these locations while walking or playing on the frozen surface”, he said.

District Magistrate and Chairman District Disaster Management Authority, Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has issued an advisory to dissuade people from walking, playing or moving on frozen Dal Lake, as its unsafe, dangerous and potentially life threatening and that action will be initiated against anyone trying to violate these instructions, Mr Ali said.
Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of J&K SDRF and River Police have been deployed in Dal Lake, as a precautionary measure, he added.


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