SRINAGAR: Inclement weather conditions would continue on Thursday across the Kashmir Valley and weather will improve only by Friday afternoon, an official at the meteorological department (MET) said on Wednesday.
“On Thursday, all districts of Kashmir Valley will have intermittent rainfall. From Friday afternoon the weather will remain sunny till April 11,” Mukhtar Ahmad, deputy director MET Srinagar, told Kashmir Reader.
Ahmad said that rainfall punctuated by thunderstorm, hailstorm and lightning in the month of April are normal in the state. “There is no need to worry because there is no flood threat. For farmers, we have already issued an advisory. At some places there is a chance of hailstorm, which, too, is not threatening,” he said.
On Wednesday, however, a hailstorm wreaked havoc in many areas of Baramulla, causing extensive damage to pear, apple and crops of other vegetables.
Locals said that crops suffered damage in the areas of Uri, Boniyar, Narvaw, Baramulla, Pattan, Sopore, Sangrama, Tangmarg, Rafiabad and Kandi.
“This year, we expected a good crop as our orchards seemed to be abundant in pears, but the hailstorms have dashed our hopes,” said Fayaz, a fruit grower in Rafiabad.
Rainfall also caused fresh landslides at Nilsar village of Kandi on Tuesday night. Locals told Kashmir Reader that a large portion of orchard land was displaced, which caused panic in the area. Locals said the landslides occurred very close to the houses of Manzoor Ahmad Rather, Ali Mohammad Bhat and Abdul Rashid Bhat, who have been shifted to safer places.
In Kishtwar district, a landslide cut off the highway from Jammu for the second time in the week. Traffic was suspended between Kishtwar and Thathri. The landslide hit the Kishtwar-Jammu highway at Kulgadi near Drabshalla Tuesday evening.
The traffic department has already issued an advisory, asking people to contact the police before travelling on the national highway.
Director of Srinagar Airport, Sharat Kumar, told Kashmir Reader that the weather had not affected flights and normal operations were expected on Thursday.
The Deputy Commissioner of Ganderbal has issued an advisory asking people living in sub-division Kangan and tehsil Lar, particularly those residing in and around Gund, Sonamarg, Watlar, Waliwar, Chanthan, Gulabpora and Chountiwaliwar areas, to not venture out in avalanche-prone forest and hilly areas. The official handout says that heavy rains and thunderstorm, accompanied with squalls, are likely to occur at a few places in Ganderbal district on Thursday.