Heavy Rains Cause Water-logging In Srinagar Areas

27 April 2015
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Heavy rains lashed Kashmir on Monday, causing water-logging in many places in Srinagar even as Meteorological department predicted light to moderate rains in next 24 hours. Thunderstorms also hit several parts of Kashmir, causing damage to property, reports said. However no loss of life was reported. MeT department officials said Srinagar recoded 20.2 mm rainfall, Pahalgam 23.0 mm, Qazigund 14.2 mm, Kupwara 11.4 mm, Kokernag 20.8 mm and Gulmarg 27.8 mm. 'Light to moderate rain-thundershower will occur at most places over the state in next 24 hours,' MeT officials said, adding, there will be decrease in precipitation from Tuesday (April 28). 'Another spell of rain-thundershower likely from April 30 evening to May 1,' they said. MeT officials said minimum temperature at Pahalgam and Gulmarg on Monday was 7.4 and 2.6 degrees Celsius respectively. Leh town in Ladakh region recorded a minimum of 8.4 degrees Celsius. In Jammu region, they said Banihal town recorded a minimum temperature of 12.2 degrees Celsius, Katra 20.5 degrees and Bhaderwah town 12.6 degrees. Overnight rains inundated most of Srinagar roads that led to traffic jams and chaos. Panic gripped Dal Lake area here as its water level started to rise again on Monday and submerged portions of Boulevard Road from Dalgate to Braine Nishat. Soon after rain water submerged the area, people held a protest demonstration. The protesters alleged that officials responsible for maintenance of Dal are misleading the government. 'We told Chief Minister that officials are misleading you,' Bilal Ahmad, President Youth Association told Greater Kashmir. 'CM assured us he will look into entire problem.' At 7 pm, the level in the lake was recorded at 12.6 feet, about 6 inches above alarming level. Ram Munshi bagh gate of Dal is also closed due to high water level in Jhelum. Presently, only Brari Nambal conduit and Nallah Amir Khan outlet is open, however these don't have high outflow capacity, sources said. With rising water level in the lake, the dwellers have started to shift to safer places. Besides Boulevard Road, other areas which were water logged included Jehangir Chowk, Lal Chowk, Regal Chowk, Raj Bagh, Jawahir Nagar, Mehjoor Nagar and several other areas. Authorities pressed dewatering pumps to flush out water from localities and roads. GIRL SLIPS INTO STREAM, DIES Police said an 11-year-old girl died Monday after she slipped into a stream while on her way to school in Handwara Tehsil of Kupwara district. Tabasum Gulzar, a sixth standard student, slipped into the stream at Wudar Bala in Handwara area Monday morning, police said. 'The girl was washed away by strong water currents caused by heavy rainfall,' police said, adding, the body was fished out and handed over to her family for last rites. Reports said incessant rains and flood waters have washed away major portion of Goonipora-Batpora road which connects several villages located in upper belt of Hayhama area of Kupwara, thus causing immense inconvenience to pedestrians and commuters of the area. Reports reaching here from Baramulla said heavy rains that lashed Kashmir on Sunday night and Monday washed away roads and abatements of bridges in Wagoora Tehsil of Baramulla district. Officials here closed Wagoora-Wagila road for traffic and pedestrian movement. 'We have closed Wagoora-Wagila road to avoid loss to life. We have put concertina wires and directed our policemen to guard the road and stop movement on it,' said Ghulam Muhammad, duty officer police post Baramulla. Reports said residents in landslide-prone areas of Laridora, Wahdina and Frasthaar spend Sunday night on roads after heavy rains lashed the area. THUNDERSTROM CREATES PANIC Windstorm in North, Central and South Kashmir created panic among people on Sunday night. Reports said several residential houses and cow-sheds were damaged due to intense windstorm. Officials admitted there has been damage to property, but said no loss of life was reported. HIGHWAY OPEN FOR TRAFFIC The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway, connecting Kashmir with the rest of the world is through for one-way traffic, officials said. Inspector General of Police (Traffic), J P Singh told Greater Kashmir that vehicles will ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Tuesday. However, Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed.