Incessant rains in Kashmir triggered landslides in north Kashmir's Uri area where at least two residential houses were damaged, officials said on Sunday, even as the Meteorological department predicted cloudy weather over J&K in next two days.
Officials said a massive landslide occurred in Gohalan area of Uri, damaging two residential houses. "(But) the inmates were evacuated by locals and shifted to safer places," they said.
Tehsildar Uri, Jaffer Hussain said: "We have deputed a team of officials to the area to ascertain the damage to the residential houses. Initial reports suggest that the inmates of around three residential houses—located on the edge of a hillock—were shifted to safer places." The Lagama-Garkote road in Uri continued to remain shut for the second consecutive day Sunday following massive landslides triggered by heavy rains in the area, an official said.
According to Roads and Building (R&B) department officials, the road couldn't be opened as rains continued to lash the area.
Meanwhile, local MeT department officials said Srinagar received 1 mm rain, Kokernag 2.8 mm, Kupwara 8.9 mm, Pahalgam 1.6 mm, Qazigund 5.6 mm, Banihal 10.7 mm, Batote 14.4 mm, Katra 9.2 mm and Bhaderwah 4.2 mm.
"The weather would remain partly cloudy on March 14 and March 16. Occasional sunshine may also be witnessed during these days," Sonam Lotus, Director MeT Department toldGreater Kashmir.
He said there is also possibility of thunderstorm with hails on Monday (March 14) in plains.
"From March 16, fresh spell of rainfall is possible. There is also possibility of thunderstorm from March 17 to March 19," he said.
The maximum and minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar was 10 and 5.7 degree Celsius respectively and that in Jammu 17.5 degree Celsius and 12.1 degree Celsius respectively.
'SRINAGAR-JAMMU HIGHWAY OPEN'
Traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway remained open with some restrictions owing to the avalanche warnings issued by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE).
"The Jammu-Srinagar Highway is open for vehicular traffic, even as some restrictions have been imposed, but the highway is open for vehicular traffic", SSP Traffic (National Highway) Sanjay Kotwal told PTI.
Even though the shooting stones at several places were hampering the normal flow of traffic, adequate number of men and machinery has been deployed to clear the debris from the highway, Kotwal said.
An avalanche warning was Sunday issued for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir. It advised people not to venture into avalanche-prone areas over next 24 hours.
The advisory was issued by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), part of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
According to information available on its website, "Medium danger warning exists for avalanche prone areas in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Kargil, Shopian, Anantnag, Kulgam, Rajouri, Doda and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir."
(With inputs from IDREES BUKHTIYAR)