Jammu & Kashmir

MeT suggests masks for school children, elderly amid dense fog in Kashmir

A wide view shows an old man crossing the wooden bridge during a wintry evening in Pulwama Kashmir. [FPK Photo/ Vikar Syed]

Srinagar: Amid the dense fog and prevailing cold wave in Kashmir, the Director of Meteorological Department (MeT) in Jammu and Kashmir has suggested school children and the elderly to wear masks during foggy weather conditions.

The decision follows a series of weather-related challenges in the region, as the Private Schools Association Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) had also urged the administration to prioritise the announcement of winter vacations, especially for lower classes, due to minus temperatures and foggy conditions.

The association had also mentioned that it is receiving representations from parents and schools about the challenging weather conditions. “For a 4-year-old, getting up early and preparing for school in this weather is extremely difficult. We are not a developed nation where houses, buses, and schools are centrally heated. We have to adapt to the weather,” said a spokesperson of PSAJK.

“Even for parents, preparing their wards for schools is a difficult task.” As the dense fog continues to affect visibility, these precautionary measures aim to safeguard vulnerable groups from potential health risks associated with cold and foggy conditions.

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