Water, Water Everywhere


Srinagar: Majority areas in the city, including uptown, were plunged into darkness due to power failure since late last night.   Morning began with heavy snow and rain, resulting in very poor visibility. However, visibility improved as the day progressed. Meanwhile, majority of the roads in the city are waterlogged due to incessant rain since yesterday. The night temperature at Srinagar witnessed a dip of about 8 degree from yesterday and settled at zero degree, which is 6 degree below normal.

Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, received 55 mm of rain since last night, resulting in dip in the night temperature. Against 5.6 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Qazigund was 0.4 degree, about 5 notches below normal.

Pahalgam also received fresh snowfall since last night, resulting in dip in the maximum and minimum temperatures. Against 4.8 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was 0.2 degree, about 2 notches below normal.

Sheshnag, Mahaguhs, Pisso top and Panjtarni also received fresh moderate snowfall while light snowfall was experienced at Chandanwari.

The other heights in south Kashmir, including Pir-Ki-Gali, Bafliaz, Pir Panjal, Santhan top and Kongwattan on historic Mughal road, connecting Kashmir Valley with Pirpanchal, also received light to moderate snowfall since last evening.

Fresh snow and was also experienced in health resort of Kokernag, where mercury dipped about 6 degree from yesterday and settled at minus 0.2 degree, about 2 notches below normal.

The other upper reaches in north Kashmir, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) also received moderate to heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours due to which the minimum temperature at Kupwara was 1.3 degree, against 4.5 degree recorded yesterday.

‘Dredging process photoshoot for ministers’

A civil society member said that dredging has always remained a photoshoot for successive governments. “If dredging would be done in a proper way, there will be no flood threat in Kashmir,” he said adding that dredging only benefits sand mafia.


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