Western Disturbances Bring Rains

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SRINAGAR:Incessant rains since Wednesday dawn lashed Kashmir valley from one end to another. The rains, intermittently, continued for the day bringing down the temperatures and breaking the dry spell.

Due to rainfall, there was a dip in day and night temperatures giving respite to people in the region. The rainfall occurred after a long dry spell of weather. 

Weatherman said that rainfall and thunder showers may occur across Jammu Kashmir including Chenab Valley, higher reaches and plains of Kashmir till Thursday. “As the day progresses on Thursday, there will be improvement in weather,” the weatherman said.

Srinagar gauged 24.3 mm, Pahalgam 19.6 mm, Gulmarg 19.2 mm, Kokernag 13.8, Qazigund 13.4 mm and Kupwara 7 mm of precipitation, the weatherman said, adding more rains are likely in the region tomorrow.

 Reports said that heavy rains left one person dead in Kashmir’s Pir Panjal region. Arshad Begum, 45, wife of Muneer Hussain resident of Sawni Rajouri died after her house collapsed. According to reports at least two children were washed away by flash floods in Jammu. “The bodies of two children who were washed away in flash floods in Janipur area, have been recovered. In the railway station area of the Jammu city a number of ‘jhuggis’ (makeshift dwellings) have also been damaged while people in low lying and flood prone areas have been asked to remain vigilant,” said a police official.

Though life was disrupted in Valley as major parts reeled under curfew, however, in Jammu normal life was affected due to torrential rains.

 Meanwhile, pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was suspended from both Baltal and traditional Pahalgam routes due to heavy rains. Pilgrims, who left Baltal base camp early this morning for the cave shrine, were stopped at Brarimarg as the track has become slippery due to rain since early this morning. It was still raining in the entire track, a yatra official said. 

Landslides force closure of highway

The 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway was today closed for vehicular traffic due to landslides triggered by rains in Ramban district. 

“Landslides triggered by heavy rains blocked the highway at Gangroo, Panthal, Seri and Karool in the district. Hundreds of vehicles are stranded at various places,” officials said.

Men and machines have been deployed to clear the highway of blockades and make it trafficable. 

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