Intense cold conditions paralysed daily life in Rajasthan as the mercury dipped to sub-zero temperatures in several parts on Monday.
Jobner in the state’s Jaipur district reported the lowest minimum temperature of -3 degree Celsius. In Fatehpur, the minimum temperature was -2.5 degrees Celsius, whereas in Churu and Sikar, the minimum temperature was -0.5 degree Celsius.
Several people who had arrived in state capital Jaipur for medical treatment, etc., and did not have any shelter were finding it hard to cope with the extreme weather conditions. Some of these people are staying at temporary shelter homes or the Rain Baseras facilitated by the state government.
India Today spoke to Meera, 40, who came to Jaipur from Agra in Uttar Pradesh for treatment at the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital in the city. She, along with her family members, spent the night at a Rain Basera.
“It is extremely cold. We were staying out in the open but then decided to take accommodation at the Rain Basera to prevent the cold from getting to us,” said Meera.
She added that the facilities at the Rain Basera were good, with food and mattresses being provided to those taking shelter there.
Around 200 people can be accommodated in one of the temporary shelter homes or Rain Basera located at JLN Marg in Jaipur.
“We can accommodate 200 people at one time at the Rain Basera. But on several occasions, many more people arrive during the night. It becomes difficult to accommodate them in the absence of adequate space,” the manager of a Rain Basera told India Today.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are very likely to continue in northwest India till Wednesday. Dense fog is predicted in the morning hours in parts of western Rajasthan on December 24 and 25.
At many other places in Rajasthan, the night temperature was below 6 degree Celsius due to the cold wave.
Alwar, Chittorgarh, Sangaria (Hanumangarh) recorded 1.1, 1.2 and 1.8 degrees, while Anta (Baran), Pilani (Jhunjhunu), and Dabok (Udaipur) recoded 2.8, 3.6, and 3.5 degrees respectively, according to the Met department.