The Central Metrological Department Sunday while predicting continuous rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir for next 48 hours said they have alerted Jammu and Kashmir government about the landslides and flash floods in vulnerable areas.
Talking to KNS over phone from New Delhi Dr Laxman Singh Rathore, DGM Indian MeT department said Jammu and Kashmir will experience continuous rains for next 48 hours.“ There will be rains generally in the state including the catchment area of Jhelum in next 48 hours. There is also possibility of some snow in hilly area of the state,” he said.
According to Rathore the sudden change in weather was caused by two western disturbances. “Such sudden change occurred due to two western disturbances. With the first change, the rain will continue for next 48 hours. And from April 3 the rain will start again and there are also chances of cold wind, cloudburst, thunderstorm and even snowfall in hilly areas,” he said and added that they have alerted the state government.
Asked if there is any possibility of September like floods Rathore said, “I cannot say if floods will strike the valley again or not. Our job was to alert the State government. Now it is their job to monitor the flood situation.”
It is pertinent to mention here that the State Metrological department had also warned of landslides and flash floods in several parts of Kashmir valley, especially around the Srinagar-Jammu highway till April 4.
Though authorities Sunday agreed that some low-lying areas witnessed water logging, they maintain that the situation is under control. However, the incessant rainfall has created flood panic in Srinagar and other parts of valley, and forced people of low lying areas to shift towards the safer zones.