Cold wave grips Agency mandals

Though the drop in temperature levels to a single digit pushes up 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.Eight of 10 mandals in the Agency area have been the worst hit due to the dipping mercury levels for the past one week.Regional Agriculture Research Centre (RARS) at Chintapalli recorded 1.5 degree Celsius, the lowest so far in the last few years, on December 31.In the last couple of days, the temperatures vary between 2.5 and 3.2 degree Celsius. Araku region is also registering temperature less than 10 degree Celsius.According to locals, the impact of the cold weather is more on children and senior citizens who develop health complications. People are seen gather around fire till 10 a.m. to warm up and beat the cold, while shops are being closed by 7.30 p.m.

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