Is cutting of poplar trees, Yatra linked to frequent cloud bursts?

Srinagar: As cloud bursts have started to become common phenomena in Kashmir Valley, renowned environmentalist and HoD Earth Sciences, Dr Shakil Ahmad Romshoo Tuesday said that Valley will witness cloud bursts at the same pace till September, the month when Monsoon currents lose its influence.

“Cloud bursting is not new in Kashmir. In past as well, we witnessed cloud bursting that went unnoticed. Today everybody has come to know about cloud bursting because people have started living there where these occur. Cloud bursting cause damage and it becomes news,” Dr Shakil Ahmad Romshoo told CNS and added that cutting of poplar trees should not be linked with the phenomena of cloud bursting.

“Neither cloud bursting is linked to the cutting of poplar trees nor should it be linked to Amarnath Yatra. Bursting occurs due to the powerful monsoon currents that originate from Bay of Bengal and after traveling through Northern Plains reach Kashmir Valley. The monsoon and local clouds mix up as abruptly burst as the mountains act barrier to them. Cloud bursting always occurs near hilly areas and nowhere and never it can occur at open places like Srinagar,” he said adding that

due to localized phenomena it has been very difficult to predict cloud bursting. (CNS)


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