SRINAGAR: The western disturbances have begun approaching Kashmir Valley prompting the weatherman to predict heavy rainfall in the region from Friday (March 11). Even as there was less precipitation during the month so far this year, the weatherman says that heavy rainfall may swell rivers and even create a flood threat.
“We can see a Western Disturbance approaching North India, which will bring a prolonged spell of rain in North India including the Kashmir valley,” Director Metrological Department Kashmir Sonam Lotus said. He said March bears maximum possibility of rainfall in the region to trigger flood-like situation.
Data indicates that during the month of March Jammu and Kashmir receives more rains than rest of year.
According to the officials the average rainfall for the month of March in Srinagar is 115.6 mm while the average is 60 mm and 70 mm in July and August, respectively.
“We can say that March is the most rainy month for Srinagar”, Lotus said.
In 2015, flood alert was sounded in the state on March 29 when Srinagar received 44 mm rainfall. This year Metrological department has predicted above 70 mm rainfall.
Lotus said rainfall and light snow is expected to begin from March 11 in the state and places in the higher reaches in the districts of Kulgam, Pulwama, Baramulla, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Kargil will be prone to mudslides and landslides.