Temp hovers below normal, landslides damage structures

Srinagar: While as mercury hovered below normal amid intermittent rain and snowfall across the Kashmir valley, landslides damaged nearly two dozen structures in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, official said on Wednesday.

“Due to heavy rainfall, landslides occurred at villages Checki Khudpora, Lateefabad and Kawhar, in Sheeri Baramulla (in north kashmir) and damaged 11 residential houses, 11 cowsheds while orchards got partially damaged,” a police official said here.

A defense ministry spokesman here said that due to incessant overnight rains, Rawatpora Mohalla in the district was deluged, forcing all residents to vacate their houses. “After receiving no response from the civil administration to flush out the flood water from their homes, the civilians approached the Army camp located at Delina for help. Army arranged for water pumping sets to flush out water and provide temporary relief so that the people could move back to their houses.”

A meteorological official here said that Srinagar, recorded day temperature at 10.4 degree Celsius, nearly seven degrees below the normal for this time of the year. The night temperature recorded at 3.4 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal. The summer capital received 0.6mm of rain from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, the official said.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, recorded maximum of 8.2 deg Cel while it had rainfall or snow equivalent to 5.6 mm during the time.

Pahalgam, the famous health resort, had fresh rain and snow equivalent to 4.8mm while as it recoded day temperature at 5.2 deg Cel against 5.6 deg Cel on previous day.

Another south Kashmir area, Kokernag recorded maximum at 6.5 deg Cel and low of minus 0.3 deg Cel. The town had a rainfall of 4.9mm.

Kupwara district in north Kashmir recorded day temperature at 11.6 deg Cel and low of 2.7 Deg Cel, the official said.

Snow-draped Gulmarg which witnessed fresh rain or snow equivalent to 1.2mm overnight was the coldest place in entire Kashmir valley, recording minimum at minus 4.0 deg Celsius.

Leh, most inhabited area in the Ladakh, recorded a low at minus 4. 2 deg Cel while the day temperature settled at 2.4 deg Cel, the official said.

Kargil, second most inhabited area in high altitude desert of Ladakh recorded minimum at minus 5.6 deg Cel and maximum at 2.6 Deg Cel.

About the forecast for next 24 hours, he said, “Rain/Snow may occur at a few places in J&K Division.”

The weatherman said that in view of approaching new Western Disturbance rain or snow will occur at a few places in next two days.

Meanwhile, official sources said that the 300-kilometer Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Valley with rest of the world, reopened for two-way traffic this morning.