This Eid Is Going To Be Cool, Rainy

SRINAGAR: As people across Jammu and Kashmir would be celebrating Eid-ul-Azha on Wednesday, there are predictions of heavy rainfall lashing the region.

The Metrological Centre Rambagh, in a letter, addressed to the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir has warned of “widespread heavy to very heavy rain, thunder with lightning at most places of Jammu mainly in Pirpanjal Range and plains of Jammu division from 19th to 21st and Moderate to Heavy Rain/ Thunder with lightning in many places of Kashmir division during the said period.”

Further, the letter has stated probable Impacts of the heavy rainfall as:

1. Moderate to High risk of flash flood in J&K.

2. Temporary disruption of surface traffic mainly on Jammu-Srinagar, Srinagar-Leh, Doda

Kishtawar, Mughal Road from 19th to 21st July 2021

3. Landslides and shooting stones at vulnerable places.

4. Water logging and minor floods over low lying areas.

5. Suspension of agricultural and horticultural operations during the above period.

Srinagar Municipal Corporation has also asked its engineers and operators to be on alert in view of the said forecast with a control room also been step up to tackle any untoward situation.

This is expected to add to the tensions of the population as the rains would interrupt the movement and also make the distribution of Qurbani still challenging. The people living in the low lying and hilly areas will have to stay alert. Though the markets will remain closed for at least three days starting from day one of the three-day Muslim festival, there will be a huge rush in anticipation of it. Authorities have asked people to keep in mind that the Covid19 is still around.

Kashmir is witnessing soaring temperature to the extent that markets on Sunday had unimpressive footfalls. The closure of the picnic spots in the countryside has added to the pressure cooker situation. Rains are expected to bring back some relief but the occasion and the volume is frightening.

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