2 Days of Rains Drown Much of Srinagar

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Srinagar: Heavy rains lashed Jammu and Kashmir, including the summer capital Srinagar, for the third consecutive day on Thursday, triggering flood threat across Valley. The Meteorological department however has predicted an improvement in weather from Friday. 

 MeT Director Sonam Lotus said that there will be an improvement in weather from Friday. Lotus said there has been a dip in temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir while plains and higher reaches in Kashmir received moderate to heavy snowfall. The water level in Jhelum and other rivulets and streams in Kashmir Valley has risen overnight. The incessant rains, which threw life out of gear across Kashmir on Thursday, also triggered a flood alert in North, Central and South Kashmir areas.

He said the situation in Srinagar is also being monitored while water level at Ram Munshi Bagh is at still 18 feet.  “It is two notches below the danger mark,” he said, adding situation is being keenly monitored.

Many areas in Srinagar were inundated due to heavy rains, disrupting normal life across the summer capital. These included Karan Nagar, Safa Kadal, Eidgah, Nowshehra, Soura, Ali Jan Road, Gulshan Nagar, Gogji Bagh, Wazir Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Rajbagh, Shutra Shahi and Bemina.

Several important roads, lanes and by-lanes in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk were also submerged due to water-logging, thus making the movement of pedestrians difficult.

People alleged the district administration has failed to tackle the situation emerging due to continuous rains.  At several places, commuters find it difficult cross the roads due to heavy waterlogging. At Jahangir Chowk, some vehicles got trapped in water for hours. Srinagar Municipal Corporation employees led by Commissioner Dr Shafat visited several areas of Srinagar city to assess the situation while dewatering pumps were used at several places including Jahangir Chowk and Regal Chowk.

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