The Meteorological department Saturday warned of landslides and flash floods in several parts of Kashmir valley, especially around the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Talking to KNS Director MeT office Sonam Lotus though ruling out any possibility of September like floods said that two Western Disturbances in quick succession are likely to affect the hilly state and adjoining areas from Saturday evening until April 4.
“There is no need to panic but people should remain cautious as moderate to heavy rain/snow (on hilly areas) will occur from 29th to April at most places in Kashmir & Jammu region and at a few places in Ladakh region.
He advised farmers to avoid spraying of orchards. “These weather conditions have the potential to trigger landslide and flash flood in vulnerable areas of the state like Srinagar-Jammu Highway,”
He also said isolated places in the state may receive heavy rain or snow, mainly on March 29 and April 3.Lotus said the weather condition has the potential to trigger landslide in the avalanche prone areas and flash floods in vulnerable areas of the state. “The weather system may also disrupt surface and air transport during these days,” he said.
He further said there would be significant decrease in day temperatures and slight rise in night temperature owing to cloud cover.
Meanwhile the latest prediction by MeT department has caused panic among the denizens in general and farmers in particular in view of unprecedented floods in September last year which claimed nearly 300 lives and rendered thousands homeless.