Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Valley receives snowfall

Fresh snowfall occurred in different parts of the Valley while rainfall lashed Kashmir for the third consecutive day today.
 Light to moderate snowfall was experienced at higher reaches of Kashmir including Pir Panjal and Zanskar. No snowfall was recorded in plains areas. Jammu region also received rainfall where weather started improving from today.

 Srinagar recorded  7.4 mm of rainfall, Pahalgam22.8mm, Kupwara 7.5mm, Kokarnag 10.4 mm, Banihak 23.2 mm, Batote 10.4 mm, Katra 2.2 mm and Bhaderwah experienced 8.1 mm of rainfall.

 According to the meteorological department, western disturbances existent  over Jammu and Kashmir are causing rains and snowfall. Weather is likely to improve from tomorrow.

 “We expect weather to improve from tomorrow as western disturbances are weakening, “said, Sonum Lotus director meteorological department Precipitation has also brought dip in the temperatures by 4-5 degree Celsius. Temperatures are also expected to rise from tomorrow. Wet and cold weather forced Valleyites to slip back into the warm outfits. Tourist currently in the Valley could be seen clad in jackets and warmers. “It is really cold here this time. We are not used to this kind of weather,” said Susheel Kumar, a visitor from Bengal.

 Namrita Suri from Mumbai said, “It is a lovely weather, so enjoyable. Such weather only adds to the beauty of this place.” Three days long rainfall has water logged the Valley. Be it the heart of the Srinagar city or  outskirts of the Valley; lanes, roads and by lanes are in puddles of water.  “The drainage system in Kashmir is faulty. The rain brings havoc to the lanes and streets,” said Tariq Ahmad, shopkeeper from Lal Chowk. He said that during rains, puddles of water start collecting near his shop causing trouble. “The customers face a lot of problem in coming to our shop. They have to walk through water,” adds Tariq. A resident of Jawahar Nagar revealed, “Our lanes and roads are water logged with every shower of rain. Government should take steps for it. It is a pain in the neck.”

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