Rains Likely In Kashmir Valley From Today

SRINAGAR — Weatherman on Monday forecast moderate to rather heavy rain and thunderstorms over the state of Jammu and Kashmir from tomorrow to April 18.

A meteorological department official said there was possibility of snow on upper reaches of the state during the time.

He said that Srinagar—the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir – recorded a minimum temperature of 8.0 degrees Celsius last night against 7.6 degrees Celsius normal for this time of the season.

The official said that Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir recorded a low of 8.2 degrees Celsius while the mercury in Kokernag town in south Kashmir settled at a low of 6.1 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a minimum of 6.5 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, witnessed a low of 1.5 degrees Celsius while the famous health resort of Pahalgam recorded a minimum of 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Highway Closed, Reopens

The traffic on the strategic Srinagar-Jammu Highway resumed after remaining suspended for over seven hours due to a massive landslide in Ramban district Monday, officials said.

Over 1,000 passenger vehicles and 1,500 trucks were left stranded on the highway, the only surface linking Kashmir with outside world, after a landslide blocked the arterial road at Digdol around 11 am, the officials said.

They said the concerned agency immediately pressed its men and machines into service and after hectic seven-hour long operation, the road was cleared of the debris leading to the resumption of the traffic.

The traffic on the highway plies alternatively from the twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu in view of the ongoing work on the four-laning project.

The traffic was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar this morning, but due to the landslide, over 2,200 Kashmir-bound vehicles, including 650 passenger cabs remained stranded between Udhampur to Digdol, besides over 350 light motor vehicles which left for Jammu from Banihal railway station.

The officials said the stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards their destinations after the completion of the road clearance operation around 6 pm.

The decision to allow fresh traffic on the highway on Tuesday will be taken later after review of the situation, they said, adding that the traffic is moving smoothly at the moment.


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