Landslides disrupt traffic on NH
JAMMU/SRINAGAR, May 31: Rains continued to lash both Kashmir and Jammu regions since last night leading to drop in temperature, waterlogging at some places and disruption of traffic movement on Jammu-Srinagar Highway at Ramban due to mudslides.
Banihal and Batote towns of Ramban district received heavy rains overnight. In Banihal, 24.2 mm and in Batote 26.2 mm of rainfall was recorded overnight. The heavy rainfall was also recorded in both the towns from 8:30 am of today to 5:30 pm.
Mudslides triggered by heavy rains at Dalwall area of Ramban near Nashri tunnel disrupted traffic movement on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway since 9 AM today but in the evening, the traffic was restored. However, there was a traffic jam like situation there due to waterlogging.
Heavy rains also triggered a major landslide on Mughal road near Ratta Chamb bridge, blocking traffic movement. The men and machines were on job to clear the landslide when the last reports came in.
Jammu recorded 11.4 mm of overnight rainfall, Srinagar 5.7 mm, Qazigund 13.6 mm, Katra 17.4 mm, Bhaderwah 10.6 mm, Pahalgam 11.6 mm, Gulmarg 9.8 mm, Kukernag 13 mm and Kupwara 2.7 mm.
Meanwhile, due to continuous rainfall across the Union Territory, temperature dropped by several notches. 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 city. Qazigund, 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 town.
Pahalgam 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 tourist resort while in Kupwara town, the mercury settled at 11.2°C, the same as on the previous night and it was 0.2°C above normal for the town. 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. 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 skiing resort.
Jammu recorded a low of 18.0 degree Celsius, Banihal 10.5, Batote 11.7, Katra 16.1 and Bhaderwah recorded 10.8 degree Celsius.
The Meteorological Department has forecast widespread intermittent light to moderate rain, thunder and lightning with possibility of hailstorm and gusty winds at few places till Friday.