Rain, wind storm lead to fall in temp; hit power supply

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 23: The rain and wind storm brought some relief to the people in most parts of Jammu areas from scorching heat and also hit power supply in some areas here today.
The sky was over cast with thick black clouds in the afternoon and it turns nearly dark in the winter capital city at around 3.30 pm. It was followed by wind storm and heavy rain. With wind storm of velocity ranging from 20 to 25 kms per hours, some branched of the trees were broken causing damage to electricity cables in many city and its outskirts.
The power supply in many areas of Jammu and its adjoining towns and villages was snapped as power infrastructure suffered damages. The power was restored at many places by late this evening but some areas remained hit for hours . The broken branches and some trees also caused traffic disrupted in City’s southern areas.
Meanwhile, Director Meteorological Department J&K, Sonum Lotus said that today’s rain in Jammu areas had nothing to do with Western disturbances. It caused because there was sharp increase in temperature during past 3-4 days and moisture level also increased. It was due to local effect and moreover, in coming few days, the weather would remain dry in the region.
A senior PDD official said that there was no much damage caused to the power infrastructure by today’s wind storm. He said the power supply was stopped by staff when storm started and restored after it was over but at some places in south Jammu, the branches of trees fell on power cables causing damages. He said in most of the areas, the power was restored and by tomorrow it will be restored fully.
Meanwhile, despite light rain in Ramban sector today, the movement of traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway continued amidst brief interruptions in Cafeteria Morh and Mehar area.