Severe Cold Claims Lives of Siblings in Kulgam

 Kashmir is in the grip of a severe cold wave | KO File Photo- Abid Bhat

Srinagar: Two minor children of a nomad died due to severe cold after the family refused to shift to a temporary shelter from their tent in Kulgam district in South Kashmir, officials said on Monday.

10-year-old Sahil and six-year-old Shazia, children of Zubair Ahmad, died due to severe cold as the family was staying in tented accommodation at Brimmar in Kulgam, they said.

Sahil, they said, died after developing fever inside the tarpaulin tent where they were staying. His sister Shazia, also developed complications due to severe cold and died on way to the healthcare facility.

Ahmad is a nomad from Reasi district in the Jammu division. The local administration had asked the nomadic family to shift to a temporary shelter set up in a school but they had refused the offer, the officials said.

The government has established several temporary shelters for nomads and other people living in avalanche-prone areas of Kashmir valley as a precautionary measure. (With PTI inputs)

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