SRINAGAR: Authorities in Srinagar on Thursday advised people not to walk on the frozen surface of water bodies, especially the Dal Lake, underlining that it could be dangerous.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that SDRF teams have been deployed to dissuade locals from taking to such risky adventures. “Walking on frozen Dal Lake could be dangerous. Pl [please] avoid it. (SDRF teams deployed for safety),” he said in a tweet.
Replying to him, a renowned doctor said that almost 50 per cent of drowning victims are children less than nine years old playing on the ice.
“The majority of victims drowning while in vehicles, such as snowmobiles, are young adults less than 24 years old,” the doctor added.
Srinagar recorded the lowest night temperature last night after more than 25 years as mercury settled at minus 8.4°C in the capital city. It follows minus 7.8°C on the night earlier as a result of which parts of the Dal Lake and other water bodies have frozen.