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Rains, snowfall inundate City areas

Rains, snowfall inundate City areas
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Steps taken, situation under control: SMC Commissioner

Srinagar: The incessant night-long rainfall and snowfall from this afternoon has inundated most of the localities here, thus leaving pedestrians to suffer.
The local residents from Srinagar areas mostly from Old City complained of inundation of the roads in the interiors of their respective areas, saying that they are facing immense hardships due to the inundation caused due to incessant rainfall.
The rains lashed plains since Thursday evening while as the higher reaches experienced a fresh snowfall. The plains including Srinagar, the summer capital of the state also experienced first snowfall of the season.
Deputy Director Meteorological (MeT) department, Mukhtar Ahmad informed that the department is predicting wet weather till November 04, saying that there would be significant improvement in weather conditions from Sunday evening and the weather would remain dry for the next upcoming week here.
Meanwhile, the incessant rains caused water logging in several city areas.
“With the incessant rains since wee hours of this morning, the roads as well as the rains are inundated in the Srinagar especially in the business hub Lal Chowk thereby causing immense hardships to the people in these areas,” eye-witnesses said.
The various areas in Srinagar including Samandar Bagh, Kothi Bagh road, Jawahar Nagar, Rambagh, Raj Bagh, Khanyar, Habba Kadal, Nowpora, Bemina, Noorbagh and others are water logged.
“SMC is in deep slumber as they have failed to look into the miseries of the local population. They should have at least refurbished the poor drainage system so that the problems faced by the people here would be solved once for all,” locals said, adding that they are being pushed to walls due to the poor drainage system in their area.
Accusing higher ups for ignoring their plights, the inhabitants here have demanded immediate redressal of their genuine grievances.
Notably, the students who had to appear in the examinations today also faced hardships today as the roads were inundated at most of the places.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) commissioner, Peerzada Hafizullah while talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’ said that the corporation has already taken steps to dewater the areas.
“Though the situation at present is under control, but we have deputed teams at various places to dewater the areas the water was submerged,” he said, adding that he is himself monitoring the situation and visited a lot of places since morning.
He said that any area that has got submerged will be dewatered shortly.
Meanwhile, reports said that the untimely snowfall has brought damages to the fruit and orchards in North Kashmir.
Many orchardists have claimed that their standing fruits have been damaged due to heavy snowfall besides causing extensive damages to their apple and other trees.

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