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1 die in rain-related incident in J-K, parts of north India receive rains

NEW DELHI: A boy died in Jammu and Kashmir in an incident related to rainfall which hit parts of northern India even as Delhi witnessed a pleasant day amid traces of rains.

Weather conditions affected rail traffic as 34 trains were running late by several hours and 12 trains have been rescheduled, while in the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road link between Kashmir Valley and rest of India, remained cut off for the third consecutive day.

In Delhi the minimum temperature settled at 15.5 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature was recorded at 23.3 degrees Celsius.

In Jammu and Kashmir, following continuous rains since yesterday, a big tree got uprooted and fell on a house at Devi Gole village in Kishtwar district which led to its collapse killing an 11-year-boy and injuring five of his family members, police said.

The 300-km long Srinagar-Jammu national highway remained closed for traffic following landslides at some places and fresh snowfall, an official said.

The higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall overnight and the plains witnessing a mix of rains and snow.

Gulmarg received 11 inches of snow during the night and registered a minimum temperature of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest recorded place in the state, a MeT official said.

Kupwara town received eight cm of snow and recorded a low of 0.1 degrees Celsius, while Srinagar registered minimum temperature of minus 0.7 degrees Celsius and recorded snowfall and 61.6 mm rainfall.

Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, registered the minimum temperature of 0.2 degrees Celsius and recorded 48.2 mm of a mix of rain and snow.

Qazigund and Kokernag recorded 82.8 mm and 41.2 mm of a mix of rain and snow respectively. Leh town in Ladakh region registered a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius.

Cold wave conditions aggravated in most parts of Himachal Pradesh as tribal area and high altitude areas witnessed moderate snowfall, while the mid and lower hills experienced widespread rains.

The high altitude tribal areas and Rohtang, Kunzam and other high mountain passes recorded 20 cm to 30 cm of snow. Keylong and Kalpa received 13 cm and 5 cm of snow respectively.

Several areas in lower and mid hills were lashed by rains. Naina Devi received 30 mm rains, followed by Manali 18 mm, Saloni 16 mm, Kalpa and Dalhousie each 14 mm. Shimla witnessed 5 mm rainfall. (AGENCIES)


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