40-day Harshest Winter Period ‘Chillai Kalan’ Begins in Occupied Kashmir

Thu Dec 21 2023
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SRINAGAR, Occupied Kashmir: As the Indian Illegally-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) faces the onset of cold and dry weather conditions, the commencement of the 40-day harshest winter period, known as “Chillai Kalan,” unfolds today (Thursday).

Amid the serene yet challenging winter landscape of the Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the region enters the formidable Chillai Kalan, a 40-day stretch known for its harsh winter conditions. As this period begins, the anticipation of sub-zero temperatures and the likelihood of substantial snowfall cast a wintry veil over the landscape.

Chillai Kalan, extending until January 31, poses unique challenges to the region, particularly as water bodies, including the iconic Dal Lake, freeze under the influence of the severe cold. The picturesque landscape transforms into a winter wonderland, characterized by frozen expanses and snow-covered vistas.

The inclement weather during Chillai Kalan often results in disruptions to both surface and air transport. Foggy conditions prevail, causing low visibility and challenging travel across the region. Residents and authorities gear up for the logistical and operational challenges posed by the winter weather, implementing measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the population.

As the region embraces the beauty and severity of Chillai Kalan, the local communities and authorities remain vigilant in managing the impact of the harshest winter period. The freezing of water bodies, logistical disruptions, and the enchanting transformation of the landscape mark the distinctive features of this winter phase in Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

It also reminder of the resilience of the local population in adapting to the seasonal extremes and underscores the need for preparedness to navigate the unique challenges posed by the winter weather. The region’s cultural fabric and daily life are intricately woven with the rhythms of nature, and Chillai Kalan is a testament to the enduring connection between the people and their environment.

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