Rains Continue To Lash Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar: The intermittent rains continued to lash Valley on the second consecutive day on Wednesday while the traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway was halted for hours following the slippery conditions of roads at Ramban and Nagrota.

The officials in the Meteorological (MeT) department had said that the weather would continue to remain wet till Friday evening. “There is possibility of heavy to moderate rains in the next two days,” the officials had added.

They also predicted occasional sunshine during the next two days.

Meanwhile, the intermittent rains from Tuesday morning has resulted in the inundation of city areas including Batamaloo, Habba Kadal, Fateh Kadal, Baba Demb, Khanyar, Noor Bagh, Nowhatta, Niak Bagh, Natti Pora and others.

The residents of the areas said that they are facing immense hardships due to the water logging in their areas and appealed to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) higher ups to redress their grievances.

Meanwhile, the officials in the traffic department said that the landslides occurred at Ramban and Nagrota halted the traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road connecting the Valley with rest of India for hours.

“The one way traffic coming from Jammu-Srinagar was halted due to the slippery conditions of the roads at Ramban and Nagrota but the roads were cleared immediately and the traffic which remained halted for hours was allowed to ply towards their destinations,” he informed KNS.

He said that in case of feasible weather conditions, the traffic from Srinagar-Jammu will be allowed to ply on Thursday.

Avalanche warning for Ganderbal

According to the Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, heavy rains and thunderstorm accompanied with squally winds are likely to occur and continue at few places in the Ganderbal district until April 6, 2017.

People living in the areas of Sub-Division Kangan and Tehsil Lar, particularly those residing in and around Gund, Sonamarg, Watlar, Waliwar, Chanthan, Gulabpora and Chountiwaliwar areas, are advised not to venture into slopes of avalanche-prone forest and hilly areas, an advisory issued by DC Ganderbal said.

The locals have been asked to temporarily vacate those locations which are under fall line of avalanches.

The concerned Tehsildars, SHOs, Health Department, Mechanical Engineering Department, Beacon, R&B and PMGSY have been asked to remain alert and in the state of preparedness to meet any eventuality.

 

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