Incessant Rains, Srinagar Areas Inundated

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SRINAGAR: Incessant rains in most areas and heavy snowfall in upper reaches threw normal life out of gear across the Kashmir region on Tuesday. Reports of snowfall were also received from various hilly areas including Gulmarg and Sonmarg. The meteorological (MET) Department forecast significant improvement in weather likely from Wednesday onwards.

Rain lashes Srinagar, other parts of Kashmir. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“Widespread Moderate to Heavy rain /snow most likely to continue today. Significant improvement likely from tomorrow onwards,” Sonam Lotus, the MET director said.

“There could be avalanches, mudslides and waterlogging at some places so people should remain alert,” he said.

The incessant rains since last night inundated the whole Srinagar city. The roads, lanes and by-lanes of all the localities in civil lines and old city are completely drenched.

The pedestrians are facing difficulties to walk on the waterlogged roads.

People accused Srinagar Municipality of being negligent over the issue as no immediate relief was provided by operating government machinery to drain out the accumulated water.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state recorded a low of 4.6 while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of 4.6 degrees Celsius.

The famous ski-resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest place in the region where the minimum temperature was minus 0.9 degrees Celsius.

The temperature in Pahalgam the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra was 3.2 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag town recorded a low of 3.6 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of 2.0 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu city recorded 14.9 degrees Celsius, Katra town 13.2, Batote 6.1, Banihal 5.8, and Bhaderwah 5.6 as the minimum temperatures.

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