Rain brings relief from hot weather

Villagers searching for the body as muddy-house collapsed in Surankote. —Excelsior/Gurjeet
Villagers searching for the body as muddy-house collapsed in Surankote. —Excelsior/Gurjeet

Villager, 7 cattle die in house collapse

Gopal Sharma
JAMMU, July 24: A villager was killed in house-collapse in Surankote area of Poonch while rain in large parts of Jammu region and heavily overcast sky in Kashmir today evening, brought relief to the residents from hot and humid weather conditions.
A heavy downpour in Jammu areas during this evening, brought a big relief to the people from the scorching hot weather conditions prevailing for the last 2-3 days. With water logging on roads in many city areas and at some rotaries, the movement of smooth traffic was affected.
In the evening it became pitch-dark due to black clouds over Jammu. The vehicles were seen using head lights. The rains were also reported from the mountainous areas of Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi -Katra besides parts of Udhampur and Kathua.
Reports from Poonch said that a muddy house (Dhok) at the higher reaches of Balfliaz in Surankote area collapsed this morning, causing death of an elderly villager and five goats and two buffaloes. They all were buried alive under the muddy house. Three other family members had miraculous escape.
The family informed police and a Surankote police party along with villagers of the area launched rescue operation and extricated the dead body of the deceased villager and his seven dead cattle. The deceased was identified as 70-year-old Mir Mohammed, son of Wazir Mohammed, resident of Chamrar village near Shahdara Sharief in Thannamandi tehsil. His body was then removed to his home village for performing last rites.
Meanwhile, Meteorological Department has issued a ‘yellow’ weather warning for rain and thunderstorm in Jammu and Kashmir divisions for the next three days.
The MeT department issues colour-coded warnings to alert the public ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause “damage, widespread disruption or danger to life.” Yellow, the least dangerous out of the weather warnings, indicates the possibility of severe weather over the next few days that could affect the normal public life.
A MeT spokesman said that Jammu recorded a maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius today. With the thundershower in the evening, there was nearly 6 degrees C fall in temperature. The humidity level in the winter capital city remained between 81 and 69 per cent today. Srinagar recorded a high of 33.6 degrees Celsius — 4.1 notches above normal, the spokesman said.
The relative humidity in summer capital city was 71 per cent in the morning and 47 per cent in the evening. Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded 20.6 mm of rainfall during the day today with a maximum temperature of 32.7 degrees Celsius while Leh recorded a high of 31.3 degrees Celsius temperature today, the spokesman said.