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Wet weather sends alarms among the common people as landslides have started

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By: Tariq Shah VOV


Wet weather after the heat wave has resulted in landslides at many places while the MET department has also warned the people that there could be mudslides and landslides due to the heavy rains in the hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

There have been heavy rains at multiple places in Jammu and Kashmir in the past few days which also resulted in disruption of traffic on the highway in the Ramban sector as the rains triggered landslides.

Director Meteorological Department here, Sonam Lotus, has told media on Monday that it is expected that there would be more rains and they can trigger landslides in many hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

“As expected, a very heavy shower occurred at many places of plains of Jammu whereas moderate shower (has been) reported at many places of Kashmir and hilly area of Jammu,” he said, adding, “Today, weather will remain overcast to cloudy at most places of J-K.” Sonam Lotus was quoted by the news agencies.

He also claimed that the heavy rains can also result in flash floods and landslides and can result also in the disruption of traffic on many roads here.

According to the GNS quoting MET department, Srinagar received 8.2mm of rain in 24 hours till 8:30 am and recorded a minimum temperature of 18.1 degree Celsius against 22.8 degree Celsius on previous night.

Jammu recorded 150.6mm of rain, highest across J-K, the official said.

He said that the winter capital of J-K recorded a low of 24.5 degree Celsius against the normal of 24.8 degree Celsius for this time of the year.

With 76.6mm, Katra witnessed second highest rainfall in J&K during the time and recorded a minimum temperature of 20.7 degree Celsius against 21.6 degrees Celsius normal for this time of the year.

Batote recorded 25.4mm of rain, Kathua 24.8mm, Banihal 6.4mm, Bhaderwah 10.4mm, the official said.

In Kashmir Valley, he said, Pahalgam received highest rainfall of 23.0mm of rain followed by Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir which had 13.6mm of rain and was the coldest place in J-K as it recorded low temperature of 10.6 degree Celsius against 11.8 degree Celsius normal for the area during this time of the season, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous tourist destination in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, recorded 14.8 degree Celsius, the official said.

Qazigund, the gate town of Kashmir, received 5.2 mm of rain and recorded a low of 17.4 degree Celsius while Kokernag had 7.4mm of rain and recorded a low of 15.7 degree Celsius, he said.

Kupwara town received 9.7 mm of rain during the time and recorded a low of 19.2mm of rain, the official added.

Meanwhile, reports about flash flood due to cloudburst were received in Watlar area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district as a result of which water seeped into many houses while orchards suffered damage. However, details about exact damage were not known hitherto.

With inputs from GNS

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