March 2016 News

Jammu And Kashmir Braces For Flood, Avalanche Alert Issued

11 March 2016
The Indian Express
Mir Ehsan

Srinagar: The Army's Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has issued an avalanche advisory for people living in the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir even as the state administration has been maintaining that there was 'nothing to worry about'. However, with the memory of the 2014 floods still fresh in people's minds and a MET advisory warning of heavy rain, the state is bracing for a flood-like situation as fresh Western Disturbance is going to hit Kashmir. The MET office is Srinagar issued an advisory to the government that Kashmir, especially its upper reaches, could witness heavy rainfall for the next three days that could trigger a flood-like situation. 'We will be witnessing moderate to heavy rainfall in the Valley for the next three days,' MET director Sonum Lotus told The Indian Express. 'There is also every likelihood of snowfall in the upper reaches.' This winter, Kashmir witnessed less snow and rain in January and February with the temperature being recorded above than normal, triggering the early arrival of spring. But on Friday, some parts of the plain witnessed rainfall as snowfall was observed in upper reaches. Some news portals had reported that more than 200 mm rainfall will be witnessed in March. 'Though there will be heavy rainfall in the Valley, people need not panic,' he assured. Not keen on taking chances, the divisional administration has alerted its officials and asked them to remain prepared for any exigency. Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Asgar Samoon said that people should not panic. 'There is no flood threat to the Valley,' he assured.