Indian cities in the southern and western regions of the country are in the midst of an epic snowfall that could cause major travel disruption in the country and its capital city.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the city of Bengaluru has recorded 10-metre (32-foot) snowfalls so far this month, which could cause delays in transportation and air travel.
The heaviest snowfall on Wednesday was on Mount Sumatran, which was located just north of the city’s capital, New Delhi, at around 10:30am local time.
“We are waiting for the snowfall forecast and then the weather conditions, if necessary, to make sure that we can have our planned services for people,” New Delhi’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sitaram Kunte told reporters on Thursday.
Kunte said the city is expecting a very heavy snowfall of up to four metres (18 feet) on Thursday, and a wind gust of 35 km/h (25 mph) will be expected.
The National Capital Region has seen record snowfall totals this year.
On Monday, there were heavy snowfalls on Mount Everest, but there was no major disruption in flights in the city.
There were also some reports of high winds in Bengalura on Wednesday morning, but no major delays in flights, the police said in a statement.
The weather system that has brought the snowfalls in Bengaluro, the capital of Kerala state, has left some areas without electricity and many schools and offices were closed.