Wet weather swells Kashmir streams, Kargil witnesses fresh snowfall

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2015 20:53 IST

Incessant rains and sporadic hail storm in the Kashmir Valley on Monday again swelled the rivers sharply causing inundation.

The water level in the Jhelum rose to 17.35 feet, just one feet below the danger mark, in Srinagar's Ram Munshibagh in the past 24 hours. Similarly, the water level in south Kashmir's Sangam area was at 20.40, four feet below the danger mark.

However, the flash floods in three major streams of Ferozpora, Gogaldara and Sukhnag in central Kashmir's Budgam district damaged orchids and cut off several areas. The Srinagar-Jammu highway also saw water near Pattan.

"The water in all these streams was above the danger mark. The discharge was more than the 2014 floods in these streams... The rains have stopped now and it will get absorbed. Though there was inundation in areas of Beerwah, Magam and Pattan areas," said irrigation and flood control chief engineer Mir Javaid Jaffer.

There were reports of sporadic hailstorm in parts of south Kashmir too, damaging swathes of crops and orchards.

Meanwhile, the meteorological department has predicted light rain and thundershower for the next 24 hours. "However, the weather will be dry from April 21 onwards," said a Met official.

In Kashmir province's Kargil district, the local administration issued alert to people living and moving along the avalanche-prone areas to restrict their movement after fresh snowfall.

All schools in the district will remain closed on Tuesday because of the inclement weather.

There were reports of damages to apricot and willow in Kargil, which saw incessant rain and snowfall for the past 17 hours.
Around 1.2 feet snowfall was recorded at Menamarg, Drass and Zanskar, while Rangdum recorded two feet snowfall.

The weather also affected the air traffic in the region.

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