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Rains lash Kashmir, avalanche warning issued

PTI  Srinagar, March 17, 2014
First Published: 13:53 IST(17/3/2014) | Last Updated: 14:17 IST(17/3/2014)

Rains lashed many parts of Kashmir Valley on Monday while authorities in Bandipora district of north Kashmir have issued an avalanche warning.

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The Meteorological department here has warned of heavy rainfall or snowfall along with hailstorm and thunder squall at few places over the next 24 hours.

"Many areas of Kashmir Valley, including the summer capital Srinagar, were lashed by rains since early morning," an official of the MET Department said.

He said there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rains or snowfall at isolated places over the state.

"Moderate to rather heavy rains or snow will occur at most places over the state over the next 24 hours, while heavy rains or snow would occur at a few places," he said.

He said there would be an increase in rainfall activity in the state over the next few days.

The weather office also warned of thunder squall or hailstorm at isolated places over the state during the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, authorities in Bandipora have warned and asked people living in the hilly areas to remain cautious.

"In view of the weather predictions received from Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), the Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, has informed people, living in hilly areas of Bandipora district, to remain cautious," an official spokesman said.

He said the Deputy Commissioner has also directed the concerned officers to remain alert.


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