The big freeze

by December 26, 2019 0 comments

Winter of 2019-2020 is already setting records. Things may get colder. We should not forget the less fortunate at such a time

The Indian Meteorological Department came out with a fascinating statistic earlier this week. It said that the cold wave that has engulfed the northern part of the country has led to a record 17 consecutive freezing days in the national capital. These are days where the recorded temperature is significantly below the average. With warnings that the coming week will also see record low temperatures and predictions that thermometers might touch 2-3 degrees, we could be in for the coldest winter in recent memory. In fact, it has been so cold that the predicted heavy fog has stayed away for the most part. After years of unseasonably warm winters, a nice cold winter is not such a bad thing but the weather does take its toll on the population. The very young, the elderly and the infirm suffer immensely and because Indian homes are not designed to keep out the heat, they also feel much colder than homes located in the northern latitudes. In this weather, the homeless suffer more than most and here, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should be complimented for his government’s establishment of covered shelters for the homeless across the city. Administrators in other north Indian cities should take inspiration from this.

India still has millions of people in abject poverty who cannot afford to keep warm in winters and while governments can do their bit, it falls upon every one of us to help out. This can be done by donating old jackets, sweaters and blankets, to donating food to such shelters. At the same time, we should not forget that there are millions of animals on the streets as well who could do with some warmth. We should all reach out to those working with the homeless and with stray animals and do our bit to ensure that this bitterly cold winter passes by smoothly and we can enjoy the cold instead of lamenting the weather.

(Courtesy: The Pioneer)

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