Continuous rain brings chill back across J&K

TNN Bureau. Updated: 6/1/2023 2:50:16 AM Front Page

Over 200 vehicles stranded on Jmu- Srinagar NH, Mughal Road shut

Jammu: Rains continued to lash Jammu and Kashmir as night temperatures remained below normal except in Pahalgam and Kupwara on Wednesday. Moreover, landslides and mudslides triggered by heavy rains disrupted traffic on Jammu- Srinagar National Highway and closure of MMughal road.
The meteorological department has also forecast widespread intermittent light to moderate rain, thunder and lightning with possibility of hailstorm and gusty winds at few places till Friday.
A meteorological department official said that in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours today,
Jammu received 1.3mm of rain, Banihal 11.8mm, Batote 33.6mm, Katra 4.8mm and Bhaderwah 13.4mm while in Kashmir region srinagar received 16.2mm of rain, Qazigund 7.6mm, Pahalgam traces, Kupwara 0.4mm, Kupwara 10.6mm and Gulmarg 8.8mm.
Regarding temperature, he said, Jammu recorded a low of 18.0°C against 20.6°C on the previous night and it was 7.5°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 10.5°C (below normal by 2.2°C), Batote 11.7°C (2.2°C below normal), Katra 16.1°C (5.7°C below normal) and Bhaderwah 10.8°C (below normal by 0.8°C). Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of 4.8°C, he said.
Srinagar recorded a low of 11.6°C against 11.8°C on the previous night and it was below normal by 0.9°C for the summer capital.
Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 10.2°C against 11.2°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 0.9°C for the gateway town of Kashmir.
Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of 7.8°C against 8.8°C on the previous night and it was 1.2°C above normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at 11.2°C, the same as on the previous night and it was 0.2°C above normal for the north Kashmir area.
Kokernag recorded a low of 9.1°C against 8.3°C on the previous night and it was 2.0°C below normal for the place, the officials said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of 5.0°C against 4.0°C on previous night and it was below normal by 2.6°C for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.
Moreover, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and Mughal road were shut for traffic on Wednesday following landslides and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in Ramban and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
Over 200 vehicles have been stranded at various stretches of the highway, they said.
The 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was blocked by mudslides and shooting stones.
The highway has been closed till further clearance, SSP, Ramban, Mohita Sharma said in a tweet.
Heavy rains triggered a major landslide on Mughal road near Ratta Chamb bridge, blocking traffic movement, officials said.
The men and machines are working to clear the landslide, they said.

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