Srinagar, March 25 : Plains of Kashmir Valley on Friday experienced moderate to heavy rains intermittently while upper reaches received snowfall. An Avalanche warning has been issued in wake of the inclement weather in the region.
As already predicted by the Meteorological Department couple of days ago, rainfall started in plains of Kashmir during night hours of Friday and continued intermittently throughout the day. The higher reaches of the Valley including Gulmarg, Zojila and Peer Ki Gali received fresh snowfall.
Given forecast of inclement weather, an avalanche warning was today issued for higher reaches of Kashmir Valley. The warning, issued by Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) which comes under the Ministry of Defence, will remain effective over the next 24 hours beginning 5 PM today.
The ‘medium danger’ avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone areas situated at an altitude of above 3,000 metres like Kupwara, Baramula, Bandipur, Kargil and Gandarbal districts. Meanwhile, in view of rain forecast by the Meteorological Department, the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar convened a meeting today in his office chambers and reviewed preparedness of departments to meet any eventuality including dewatering of waterlogged areas.
“The meeting was informed that the concerned departments have made all arrangements and are ready to meet any eventuality in case of heavy rain fall. The concerned functionaries informed have kept standby men and machinery for dewatering to drain out water from inundated areas if any,” an official spokesman said.
The Deputy Commissioner directed all the Departments to ensure timely dewatering in the water logged areas of Srinagar City, he added. (GNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch