From Our Special Correspondent
Silchar, Jan 15: With a little variation on the English poet Shelley, it might be said, ‘if summer comes, can winter be far behind’. After having a long spell of warm summer, people quite turally wait for winter that usually sets in from the month of October. This comes as a great relief to the people of northeast in particular. But, as the winter enters December, it has taken a terrible form with mercury dipping down and sending shivers down the spine of many. In fact, a cold wave has been sweeping down Barak Valley and it continues without immediate sign of respite.
What has added to the woes of shivering people is the overcast sky with fogs all around as the day begins with the early dawn. The sun blazes but hazily. The last week as reported by the Accu Weather has seen mercury rising to 18oC and sliding down to 6oC. This week starts with mercury going up to 25oC and dipping down to 11oC and the last three days of the week show mercury coming down to 10oC. The week will have partly sunny, hazy sunshine that will end with plenty of sun. But, the weather report does not indicate immediate improvement in cold wave condition.
The cold wave has no doubt affected normal life and people after all their official and sundry engagements prefer to go indoors to escape the increasing cold. In fact, life has become slow and those on the streets can be seen warming themselves up by the side of flaming firewood. Otherwise, after dusk, people prefer to go indoors. An NGO has come out with the appeal through social media if anyone is found shivering in cold without warm garments can approach it for supply of free blankets over their mobile numbers. People of Barak Valley now wait for end of this cold spell and the coming in of summer.