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Rains, snowfall continue across Kashmir

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Weather shows signs of improvement

Srinagar: Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir, including the famous tourist destination of Gulmarg, received fresh snowfall on Wednesday, while the plains were lashed by rains, officials said.
Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded over one feet of fresh snowfall on Tuesday night, the officials said.
They said intermittent snowfall continued in Gulmarg on Wednesday morning.
Other areas in the higher reaches of the valley, including Sonamarg, in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, and Pahalgam, in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, also received fresh snowfall, they added.
In Bandipora district of north Kashmir, Gurez and Razdhan Pass recorded nine and 19 inches of snow, respectively.
According to the officials, in Kupwara district, also in the north, Sadhna Top and Z-Gali recorded about one feet of fresh snow, while about six inches were recorded in other areas in Karnah and Keran.
The officials said the plains in the valley, including the summer capital Srinagar, were lashed by rains, which continued for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, causing water-logging in many areas.
The Meteorological Department said while the current system of widespread moderate to heavy rain or snow is likely to continue, there will be a significant improvement in the weather later in the day.
Meanwhile, officials of the Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) department said that there was no threat of floods in the Valley as the gauges are well below the alert mark.
An official of the Irrigation and Flood Control department said that there is no flood threat, and the gauges are below the alert mark.
“At Ram Munshi Bagh the current gauge reading is 12 Ft and if it touches the 14Ft, flood spill channels will be opened which will recede the water level in Jhelum, and the gauge level in all water bodies is below normal,” he said.
“As per the forecast by MeT for today, there is no major weather activity for rainfall, so there is no situation of flood threat”, he said.
Deputy Director Meteorological department said that there is possibility of improvement in the weather from this afternoon, there is no major weather activity as per the system. (with inputs from PTI)


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