Rain, Hailstorm Lash Kashmir, Maximum Temp Dips

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Srinagar: Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, received intermittent rain and hailstorm since yesterday evening, resulting in dip in the day temperature though mercury remained above normal during the night.

According to a Met department official light rain or thunderstorm will occur at many place during the next 24 hours in Kashmir. However, he said the weather will improve a little bit from yesterday evening though rain would still occur at isolated places in the subsequent 48 hours.

World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received 4.4 mm of rain since yesterday, resulting in slight dip in the night temperature though it was still above normal. Against 4 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Gulmarg, which was adjudged as best mountain destination in the country during a function in New Delhi, was 3.4 degree.

People woke up to a cloudy and damp weather in Srinagar, which received 15.1 mm of rain since yesterday, resulting in slight dip in night temperature. Against 12.8 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature in the summer capital was 12.1 degree, which is still 3 notches above normal. Water level in world famous Dal Lake was above normal inundating a number of localities while there was no threat of any flood though water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries has recorded increase due to fresh rain during the past 24 hours.

The night temperature at Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir valley, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which received 22 mm of rain, dipped and settled at 11 degree, against 11.8 degree recorded yesterday.

World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, received 4.4 mm of rain overnight, resulting in dip in the night temperature. Against 8.4 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was 8.2 degree.

The mercury at Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag, which also received rain, dipped and settled at 10.1 degree each respectively.

CPI (M) Seeks Compensation To Hailstorm Victims

Calling for a comprehensive compensation for the farmers and orchardists of the valley who suffered extensive damages due to yesterday’s hailstorm J&K State Committee CPI (M) has urged the state government to go for immediate assessment of damages to fruit crops and disburse financial relief to the affected families.

State Secretary CPI (M), G N Malik said the hailstorm caused massive damage in villages of Kulgam District in South Kashmir where the fruit crops have been hit the worst. Mere assurances and surveys cannot satiate the interests of the affectees, he maintained and urged the government for initiating practical measures to provide timely relief to the affected orchardists and farmers.

Expressing grief over the massive damages caused to fruits, the CPI (M) leader urged the authorities to depute teams of experts to assess the losses in the affected area so that they are compensated forthwith.

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