Dry spell increases respiratory ailments among people

JK News Today

Jammu, January 05

As Jammu is reeling under dry spell, with rains eluding the city for last many weeks, number of patients visiting hospitals with respiratory ailments has increased.

Doctors attribute this to weeks of warm weather with less humidity in the air making situation problematic. People across Jammu are experiencing a surge in flu, cold and other respiratory ailments.

Weather in the region is dependent on Western Disturbance (WD) but in recent years but for some years its getting delayed which is not good sign for farmers and common man.

As per the Met officials strong WD still eludes the region, which has resulted in non-formation of low pressure winds over J&K. This, they said, has resulted into the prolonged dry spell.

““Due to the continuous dry weather, hundreds of patients visiting hospitals complained of severe cold, cough and headache and breathing related issues which could be allergy or viral infection”, said Dr Arun Sharma, Deputy Superintendent, Gandhi nagar Hospital.

After the driest ever November and December last year, it doesn’t look like the situation will be getting any better this month. The forecasters fear the dry spell may continue for few more days or weeks.

“Though we are receiving heavy rainfall and snowfall every year, but it is not uniform and it falls in short span of time, while weather remains dry most of the time. Climate change is main culprit”, said Prof. V.S Manhas, HoD, Department of Geography, Jammu University.

The weathermen have predicted light rainfall or snow at few places over the next 24 hours. Although there is a possibility of snowfall in the higher reaches today, dry weather conditions are likely to continue in the state this week.

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