Kashmir is witnessing rare rainfall in September this year and the rains will continue for next two days, said meteorological officials in Srinagar on Thursday.
“From the afternoon of September 6 the situation will start improving. Till then it will rain but there will be drop in rainfall from tomorrow onwards,” said meteorological department director Sonum Lotus.
He said September is not a rainy season for Kashmir and Ladakh. “Under development of favourable weather systems, there had been widespread heavy rain in the past as well. One such year after 1980 was 1992 in Kashmir, when most parts of Kashmir received heavy rains, while the Jammu region got heavy rains in 1988,” said Lotus.
“The frequency of such heavy showers is rare, and in future also we can’t rule out heavy rainfall in September,” he added.
South Kashmir’s Anantnag district witnessed highest rainfall of 286 mm from 8:30 am till 2:30 pm on Thursday, while Srinagar received 88 mm during the same period.
Banihal on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, which remains closed received 245 mm rainfall for the second consecutive day.
Srinagar had received 116 mm rains in 1992 and 112 mm in 2012.
“Situation is worrying compared to 1992 and 2012 as the rains are going on in the whole state,” warned Lotus.
Meanwhile, the Jhelum has been flowing several feet above the danger mark.