Though the drop in temperature levels in lambasingi to a single digit attracted the tourist footfall in the Agency of Visakhapatnam district, it proves to be a bane for the tribal people and they prefer to stay indoors due to the biting cold.
Lambasingi being already in the grip of winter, 8 of 10 mandals in the Agency area have been the worst hit due to the dipping mercury levels for the past on week.
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Regional Agriculture Research Centre (RARS) at Chintapalli recorded 1.5 degree Celsius, the lowest so far in the last few years, on December 31.
Araku region is also noted temperature less than 10 degree Celsius. In the last few days, the temperatures vary between 2.5 and 3.2 degree Celsius.
The impact of cold waves is more on children and senior citizens who develop health problems. To warm up the cold waves people are gathered around fire till 10 a.m. to warm up and beat the cold, while shops are being closed by 7.30 p.m. According to residents.
We fear to go out early in the morning to bring drinking water. We are going once in three days, expressed atribal, P. Yasoda from Tajangi village in Chintapalli mandal.
Many school children suffer from cold and cough, develop health complications, For the last two days. It is learnt that students of almost all tribal welfare schools are forced to take bath with cold water. expressed K. Sekhar, a resident of GK Veedhi.
Meanwhile, due to thick fog, transportation in the Agency belt has been hit. However, RTC buses are being operated taking the necessary precautions. According to District Collector Pravin Kumar, the Health Department is on alert and continuously monitoring the situation in the Agency.
Mr. Pravin Kumar has, however, said no decision has been taken on school timings in the Agency.