Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Disaster Management Authority (JKDMA) on Monday issued an avalanche alert over higher reaches in four districts for next 24 hours.
The DMA said that a ‘low’ danger level avalanche is likely to occur above 3000 to 3500 metres above sea level over Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and Baramulla districts.
People living in these areas have been in the meantime advised to take precautions and avoid venturing in the avalanche prone areas till further orders.
Advisory for Farmers
The department of horticulture on Monday issued an advisory for the farmers affected by the untimely snowfall coupled with hailstorm in several districts of South Kashmir, including Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian.
In the advisory, the department has informed the farmers that the untimely snowfall and hailstorm will tell upon the fruit set particularly in those areas where the orchards are in full bloom and it may also result in premature fruit drop and spread of various diseases.
In view of this, the advisory says, farmers are advised to shake the trees immediately and should not allow the snow to accumulate on the branches.
The advisory asks farmers to drain-out the accumulated snow/rain water through drainage channels and spray fungicides immediately, after the improvement of weather.
The department has suggested a number of fungicides to prevent damage to the orchards.
It has also suggested the farmers remove the fallen fruitlets and leaves from the orchards immediately, spray during dry and cool hours and use mist sprays.