Rains lash Valley, bring down day mercury  

Srinagar: Rains lashed Kashmir valley on Monday, affecting normal life and brought down mercury during the day, the weatherman said.

An official of the meteorological department here said Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, received 4.8 mm of rain from 0830 to 1730 hours. Due to the rains, the mercury dropped to 8.7 degrees Celsius from normal of 14.2 degree Celsius for this time of the year.

Qazigund, the gate-town of Valley, witnessed 9.4mm of rains and recorded a maximum of 10.4 degrees Celsius while neighbouring Kokernag saw 9.7mm of rain and maximum of 9.4 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort witnessed two degree Celsius, lowest among the stations recorded by the meteorological department while it had rainfall of 11 mm.

Pahalgam, the hill resort in south Kashmir, recorded 4.7 degrees Celsius and saw rainfall of 6.8mm during the day.

Meanwhile, the authorities have decided to allow only stranded traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface linking connecting Valley with the rest of the world, on Tuesday.

“Only stranded vehicles shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu,” a traffic department official said.

Earlier a landslide blocked the strategic Highway in Ramban district as the high-altitude areas experienced fresh snowfall while the plains were lashed by rains. (GNS)

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