SRINAGAR: With the weatherman predicting more rains during the next twenty-four hours, there seems no immediate respite for the people of Kashmir. However, the Meterological Department (Met) sees no flood threat even though many low lying areas are likely to get inundated.
The meteorological department on Sunday evening warned heavy rains or thundershowers (snow over higher reaches) at a few places in Jammu & Kashmir divisions during next 36 hours.
“Moderate to heavy rain or thundershowers would occur at most places in Kashmir division with isolated thunder squalls in Jammu division,” an official at Met department said.
The summer capital Srinagar on Sunday received 19.9 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm with no respite from rains expected immediately. .
The city recorded a minimum temperature of 9.6 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature of 13.9 degrees Celsius.
The official said a decrease in precipitation is expected after four days.
The weatherman predicted rains and thundershowers for Srinagar with maximum and minimum temperatures around 11degrees and 4 degrees Celsius respectively.
Meanwhile, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has said the mobile de-watering pumps have been pressed into service at many areas, with most of the permanent dewatering stations in low lying areas mostly in uptown city running full throttle to drain out the rain water from the areas.
However, many areas have reported water logging and even roads in Lal chowk were inundated at several key places with people wading through knee deep waters to cross the streets.
Rains also disrupted traffic and pedestrian movement here with the weekly Sunday market too remaining damp on business as the vendors preferred to stay indoors.
The Irrigation and Flood Control Department has downplayed any chance of flood in the Valley, saying the water level in Jhelum is still flowing much below the alert level.
“At present the water level at Sangam is 6 ½ feet, much below its alarm level of 24 feet because temperature is on lower side and the upper reaches are still receiving snow,” Chief Engineer, Javeed Jaffer told Kashmir Reader.
In April 2013 Srinagar received a total rainfall of 102mm, with the highest rainfall of 199.9 mm in 1986.
March this year too was the wettest with record rain exceeding 220 mm received in the month, highest in the past decade.