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Manipur experiences snowfall
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 3:
Published on 4 Jan. 2010 12:23 AM IST
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Severe cold weather swept across Manipur as the state experienced a rare occasion of snowfall which thereby affected normal life both in hills and valley areas. The mercury fell to 1°C during the last few days making it frosty, according to local meteorological official. Maximum temperature rose upto 24°C on the average. Weather forecast reports indicated the same mercury level in the next coming few days. Snowfalls were experienced in the hill districts of Chandel, Ukhrul and Senapati districts. Residents of Chandel district headquarters witnessed white snows this morning which according to a villager was the first ever he has seen in his life in Chandel. Twenty-five year old John said he never witnessed snowfall in his life time in his place but today he experienced white snow covering the open grasslands in his village. “It’s a wonderful thing,” he said. Residents of Senapati district are also experiencing one of the coldest seasons ever. “It was so cold that we could not wake up early in the morning as usual,” said a resident of the district headquarter when contacted by this correspondent. He said the current season seemed to be the coldest. The entire valley area is experiencing cold temperature with lowest temperature ranging from sub-zero to 4°C in the morning and rising upto a maximum of 24°C. In Manipur, snowfall commonly occurs in some high mountains like the Koubru, Zduko valley of Senapati district. The state experiences snowfall only in severe cold month of January which had not occurred since the last around four decades, showing signs of climate change.

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