Road sinks in Reasi, cars hit by tree fall
JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Mar 25: Wintry conditions returned in Jammu and Kashmir with intermittent rainfall since last evening in plain and hilly areas of Jammu province and snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir as well as Jammu region, forcing people to take out their warm clothes while as a house was damaged in Rajouri area due to lightening strike and a portion of house damaged due to fall of boulder in Reasi district.
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According to weatherman, light to moderate rainfall lashed plain areas of Jammu province since last evening while fresh snowfall was experienced in high-altitude areas of Jammu division as well as Kashmir province thus dipping the mercury by several notches. Light snowfall was received in Chinta Valley of Doda district, Silthan, Marwa, Warwan and Chatroo areas of Kishtwar, and Bani, Sarthal and Joran Wali Mata areas of Kathua district.
“Higher reaches of Udhampur including Pancheri and Latti, also experienced light snowfall. Snowfall was also witnessed in Pir Ki Gali, Nadiyan and other higher reaches of Poonch district. Mughal Road and Pir Panjal areas of Rajouri district and Mahu, Natha Top, Sanasar and Jawahar Tunnel area in Ramban district also experienced light to moderate snowfall since last night,” the weatherman said. He added that in Jammu province, Batote area of Ramban district recorded maximum overnight rainfall of 47.2 mm, followed by 33.0 mm in Banihal, 34.08 in Bhaderwah, 29.2 mm in Katra and 22.3 mm in Jammu.
Due to lightening strike last night, a house belonging to Ali Mohd son of Shaqur Din Pathan was completely reduced to ashes in Gundi (Nilli Maal) area of Rajouri district. His livestock also died in the lightening strike. Similarly, a portion of the house belonging to a man namely Mohd Shafi son of Ghulam Mohd was damaged at Jamsalan area of Reasi district after a boulder fell on it.
Due to continuous rainfall since last night, Sula Park-Baradhari Road on National Highway 144 in Reasi district was damaged. A major portion of the road sunk after which it was closed for vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure whereas the traffic was running smoothly through Reasi Road. In Jammu district, a lady was injured and several cars were damaged this afternoon after an old tree fell down at JDA parking site located at Kachi Chhawni due to gusty winds.
The traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH) was closed around midnight due to mudslides at Mehar, Cafeteria Morh and Shalgari areas in Ramban district. However, around 12:30 pm today, the traffic was restored on the NH but due to continuous rainfall, the road had become slippery.
In Kashmir, Srinagar and other parts were lashed by rains today while hills had fresh snowfall. The Ski resort Gulmarg received around 2 inches of fresh snowfall. With the fresh snowfall in the hills, the temperatures across the region dropped today.
Srinagar recorded a low of 5.0°C against 5.3°C the previous night and it was 0.8°C above normal for the city. Qazigund recorded a low of 4.6°C against 4.0°C the previous night and it was 0.9°C above normal for the town. Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 0.5°C against 0.6°C the previous night and it was 0.9°C below normal for the famous tourist resort.
Kokernag recorded a low of 3.8°C against 4.7°C on the previous night and it was 0.5°C above normal for the place. Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 1.0°C against 0.0°C the previous night and it was 0.6°C above normal for the ski resort. In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at 3.4°C against 4.0°C the previous night and it was 0.2°C above normal for the town.
Jammu recorded minimum temperature of 13.2 degree C, Banihal 2.2 degree C, Batote 3.5 degree C, Katra 10.0 degree Celsius and Bhaderwah recorded a low of 3.0 degree C.
The MeT department has forecast scattered to fairly widespread light rain/thunders over Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. For subsequent two days, the Weather department predicted mainly dry weather with possibility of isolated very light rain and thunders.