Rains disrupt life in Kashmir

Rains disrupt life in Kashmir

There will be isolated and scattered rains on Friday and Saturday, but precipitation will decrease afterwards.

Moderate to heavy rains disrupted normal life across Kashmir on Wednesday, even as the local Meteorological department predicted improvement in weather from Saturday afternoon.

Met officials said rains coupled with winds resulted in considerable dip in temperatures across the Valley, with people at some places seen wearing warm clothes.

The overnight intermittent rain led to water-logging in many places in Srinagar.

“We are expecting light to moderate rainfall, accompanied by thundershowers, at many places in the state during next 24 hours,” a Met official here said. “There will be isolated and scattered rains on Friday and Saturday, but precipitation will decrease afterwards. The weather is likely to improve on Saturday afternoon.”

MeT officials said Srinagar received 4.6 mm rainfall till 8.30 am while highest 31.8 mm rainfall was recorded at the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir.

Srinagar recorded minimum temperature of 16.2 degrees Celsius while Gulmarg and Pahalgam saw the minimum of 8.5 degrees and 10.4 degrees Celsius respectively.

In Ladakh region’s Kargil town, the minimum temperature was 10 degrees Celsius. In Leh region of the same region where there is a forecast of light rains, the minimum temperature settled at 12.5 degrees.

SEVERAL SRINAGAR AREAS INUNDATED

The heavy downpour inundated many low-lying areas of Srinagar including Rajbagh, one of the worst-hit places during the September 2014 floods.

Main roads in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining Regal Chowk were also water-logged.

Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control department, Javid Jaffer told Greater Kashmir that water level in river Jhelum is low. “So far there is no flood threat. But at the same time heavy rains are going on in south Kashmir,” he said.

A report from Babapora area of Kulgam in south Kashmir said water entered some residential houses.