Water crisis, forest fires loom over Jammu due to dry weather conditions
By: Tariq Shah VOV
Drinking water crisis is increasing in the Jammu region while the low water level in river Jhelum is also indicating similar problems in Kashmir.
Due to the low water level in river Jhelum already dozens of lift irrigation schemes have become defunct triggering concerns among the farmers for the paddy cultivation.
In Jammu dry weather conditions have created drinking water problems in Jammu city and also in the hilly districts of Ramban, Bhaderwah, Rajouri and Poonch.
In Udhampur there are fears among the villagers that dry weather conditions will trigger more forest fires as hundreds of such incidents have been reported from Jammu region especially in the Udhampur district.
Dry weather conditions and less rain have started showing the impact in the entire Jammu and Kashmir and Kashmir valley is also heading for water crisis.
Although there have been frequent wet spells in the month of May, the months of March and April were unusually hot and dry.
The receding water levels in Jhelum are an enough indication that the coming summer months are going to be very tough for the common people especially for the farmers.