Rains Lash Valley, Inundate Srinagar; Weather To Improve From Today


SRINAGAR: Bringing the mercury down, the incessant rains since Sunday lashed Valley thereby caused water lodging in Srinagar areas including the commercial hub Lal Chowk.

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A view of water-logged Amar Singh College Srinagar on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Kl Image by Bilal Bahadur

An official in the Meteorological Department (MeT) said that the rain in the plains and snowfall in the hills would continue in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday while there would be considerable improvement in weather conditions from later in the day onwards.

“Significant decrease in the amount of rainfall is expected today. Weather will improve from today evening onwards and no major rain/snowfall activity is expected till the end of this month,” he said.

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 4.0 degrees Celsius.

The famous ski-resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest place in the region where the minimum temperature was minus 2.5 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 0.3 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag town recorded a low of 2.8 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of 1.6 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu city recorded 15.9 degrees Celsius, Katra town 12.8, Batote 4.6, Banihal 4.6, and Bhaderwah 6.2 as the minimum temperatures.

Meanwhile, the incessant rains caused water-logging in several city areas including colleges. The roads, lanes and by-lanes of all the localities in civil lines and old city are completely drenched caused immense hardships to the people.

Amar Singh College in Srinagar has turned into a pool with students and faculty finding it hard to reach respective class rooms.

Locals said, “SMC is in deep slumber as they have failed to look into the miseries of the local population. They should have at least refurbished the poor drainage system so that the problems faced by the people here would be solved once for all.”

They said that they are being pushed to walls due to the poor drainage system in their area.


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