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Sikkim under freezing cold, frozen pipes cause water shortage

The minimum temperature was recorded as low as 1 degree Celsius on February 6, though it has now increased to 4 degree Celsius here.

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Gangtok: January is the coldest month in Sikkim, but this time the biting chill has spilled over to February.

The minimum temperature was recorded as low as 1 degree Celsius on February 6, though it has now increased to 4 degree Celsius here. While the holy Tsongmu Lake is frozen with -8 (minus eight) degree centigrade temperature prevailing .

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Gurudongmar in North Sikkim district has been experiencing -17 (minus 17) degree Celsius. Lachung is -4 (minus four) degree Celsius. The headquarters of West and South districts have a bit better weather, ranging from 5 to 7degree Celsius respectively.

The low temperature including snowfall with Rainfall has caused water scarcity. Principal Chief Engineer cum Secretary Public Health and Engineering has announced that sufficient water supply will only be possible after a month or more. Presently consumers will be supplied with water for an hour per day.

“Due to freezing of Tamjey Lake and Ratey Chu river and surroundings caused by heavy snowfall, normal water supply, has been affected,’ said B Prasad PCE cum Secretary on Wednesday.

Even the water in the pipes is frozen and joints dislocated. It could be a long wait till March end when the Ice melts over Tamjey Lake, the source of water also over Ratey Chu. 

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