Day temperature improves
Water-Logging New Worry
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar/Jammu, Jan 18: After three days of snowfall, the night temperature again went down by several degrees with the summer capital reporting a minimum temperature of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius. Minimum temperatures across the valley are expected to fall further in the coming days while there is noticeable improvement in the day temperature.
“Cold wave conditions, which had abated due to the snowfall, returned. Although we are not expecting any rain or snowfall for three to four days, night temperatures are likely to fall further,” local meteorological office director Sonam Lotus said.
The minimum temperature was minus 12.2 degrees in Pahalgam, minus 12.4 degrees in Gulmarg and minus 19.9 degrees in Leh town of Ladakh region.
However, the day temperature saw some improvement with the maximum temperature in the valley today staying around 6.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. With the increase in day temperature, the snow has started melting causing water-logging in various areas on the city.
Reports from Karnah said that most of the areas in upper reaches and plains of tehsil received fresh snowfall on Wednesday. Karnah continues to remain cut off due to snowfall at Sadhna Top where upto seven feet of snow has accumulated in a week.
The snowfall earlier this week came as a big relief for the people, bringing an end to the intense cold wave during which the mercury plunged to minus 7.8 degrees Celsius in Srinagar city.
Although a mild snowfall occurred in Banihal sector of the highway Wednesday morning, traffic authorities said trucks carrying supplies to the valley were allowed to move one way.
Normal air traffic to Kashmir was restored Tuesday after two days as civilian flights to and from Srinagar airport operated normally.
PEOPLE EVACUATED FROM SNOW-HIT AREAS
Over 130 people were evacuated from the snow-hit areas of Jammu region following reports of trapped people and damaged houses due to heavy snowfall in upper reaches of the region.
“We have conducted several evacuations from various snow-bound areas in Ramban district and shifted 28 families to a safer area,” SP (Ramban) Anil Magotra said.
Out of the 28, Magotra said, 10 families from Kurzi village, five from Hargam village and one each from Mangit and Aramdhaka villages were shifted by the police to safer places.
Police also evacuated nine migrant families from Sangaldan area of the district, who were trapped in the recent continuous heavy snowfall in the area, he said.
IAF AIRDROPS FOOD GRAINS IN REASI
The IAF today carried out relief operations dropping essential commodities, particularly food grains, in the mountainous belt of Reasi district providing relief to people in the snow-hit area.
Intensifying relief operations to provide essential commodities to people trapped in higher reaches of Mahore area of Reasi district owing to heavy snowfall and hostile weather conditions, the District Administration in coordination with the Air Force, dropped several quintals of food grains in Gulabgarh area of the district, an official spokesman said here today.
MI-17 Helicopters, fully loaded with food grains took off from the Reasi sports stadium and landed at Gulabgarh, to provide immediate relief to people trapped in inclement weather conditions, he said.
(WITH INPUTS FROM PTI & IANS)
Lastupdate on : Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 IST
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