Inclement weather in Siachen to create difficulties for visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

June 3, 2019 3:42 PM |


The newly elected Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh is all set to make his first outstation visit and that too to the world’s most weather prone and dangerous battlefield, Siachen. His plan includes visiting the Siachen glacier today and interacting with the soldiers deployed.

Siachen is 33,000 ft above the ground level and in Winters here, temperatures plummet as low as -70°C.

The weather, on the other hand, doesn’t seem very conducive in the hills. Already, inclement weather conditions are going on over the state which could possibly hamper the minister’s visit. It rained in the capital city of Srinagar in the last 24 hours. At present, a Western Disturbance has formed over North Pakistan and adjoining areas. Also, its induced Cyclonic Circulation is over North Pakistan and adjoining India.

Due to the combined effect of this system, some light rainfall activity was seen over the hills and foothills of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. This activity is expected to affect the state for at least the next 4 days now. Rains with varied intensity and varied spread will continue. The intensity of these rains will be more on June 4 and 5.

Mountainous terrain adds one more dimension to the weather activity i.e. snow. And rightly so, while it might snow in the higher reaches, rain and thundershower are possible in the mid and lower reaches.

Such weather can definitely affect the visit. Moreover, in higher reaches like that of Siachen, all travel operations are suspended after 4 pm. One short window of better weather will be experienced around noon.

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