Major Flood ‘Highly Unlikely’ But Be Prepared: Lotus

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SRINAGAR — The threat of a major flood was highly unlikely in Kashmir but nevertheless it’s always good to be prepared, Director Meteorological Department Sonam Lotus said on Friday.

He said that it has been raining continuously since night of June 27 in most parts of state. “Many places of South, East Kashmir and Hilly Areas of Jammu region received heavy rain as a result of which there’s  significant increase in Water Levels in Nallahs, Rivers etc. thereby increasing chances of potential flood, landslide on vulnerable areas,” he said.

Lotus said there was moderate, and at place heavy, rainfall at due to monsoon and western disturbance. “There is the interaction of monsoon cloud and monsoon wind– and western disturbance — easterly and westerly which brought the moisture from Arbian sea and Bay of Bengal also and due to their convergence the rainfall occurred here.”

Regard forecast, he said, there would be gradual decrease in rainfall from Friday evening and significant and overall improvement from Saturday.

“There can be a landslide in the sloppy area, flash flood, minor flood and water logging in low lying areas. People are requested to remain calm but vigilant, prepared and not to spread rumours of flood. Looking at the forecast, the threat of a major flood is highly unlikely but nevertheless, it is always good to be prepared,” he said.

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