Jammu city records 189.6 mm in 24 hours, highest in 26 years: MeT dept
Jammu: Jammu city recorded 189.6 mm rain in 24 hours, the highest downpour in a day in almost 26 years, causing landslides and flash floods, meteorological department officials said on Thursday.
There were flash floods in most of the rivers, including Tawi and Chenab, which inundated low-lying areas and damaged infrastructure.
Two landslides were reported — in Panjirthi and Circular Road — causing damage to road, a building and some vehicles, the officials said.
The flash floods damaged small bridges in Kalika Colony, washed out a wall of Satsang Garh, a spiritual centre, and a vehicle in Buntalab, they said.
Hundreds of houses in several colonies in low-lying areas were inundated and traffic came to a halt due to water-logging, prompting the district administration to sound a flood alert, they said.
According to the MeT department, this is the highest 24-hour rainfall in August for Jammu city since 1996. The city had recorded 218.4 mm of rainfall on August 23, 1996.
The all-time highest rainfall, 228.6 mm, in Jammu city was recorded on August 5, 1926, it said.
The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for traffic due to landslides and mudslides, triggered by heavy rains in Ramban.
Reasi received 152.5 mm in 24 hours, followed by Udhampur (121.6 mm) and Samba (105 mm), the officials said.
Katra town, which serves as the base camp for pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi temple in Reasi district, recorded a 77.8 mm rainfall in 24 hours, they said.
Burmal in Kathua received 77.5 mm rainfall.
At 11 am, river Tawi — its gauge being monitored near Bikram Chowk — was flowing at 9.5 feet, 4.5 feet below the ‘alert level’.
At the same time at Salmay Bridge in Udhampur, it was flowing at 8.2 feet, 6.56 ft below the alert level, they said.
Water in river Chenab at Akhnoor was at 26.4 feet. The alert level for the site is 32 feet, they said.
Meanwhile, the weatherman has forecast more light to moderate showers in J&K in next 24 hours even as he said “no major rain” was expected in J&K in the next five days.
A meteorological department official here said that very heavy rain occurred since early morning with Jammu receiving 198mm followed by Reasi (152mm), Samba (105mm), Katra (77.8mm), Kathua (8.2mm), Bhaderwah (1.7mm), Banihal (0.8) while Srinagar received 1.0mm, Qazigund 0.4mm while Kokernag had traces.
He said sharp rise in water levels in rivers of Jammu was expected and that there may be flash flood, mudslide and shooting stones on Ramban-Banihal axis.
Regarding minimum temperature, he said, there was an increase in mercury across J&K except Jammu district.
Srinagar, he said, recorded a low of 22.4°C against 19.7°C on the previous night. The temperature was 4.1°C above normal during this time of the year for the summer capital.
Qazigund recorded a low of 19.2°C against 16.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.7°C above normal there, he said.
In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at 17.1°C against 16.0°C on the previous night and it was 3.0°C above normal for the south Kashmir resort.
Kokernag recorded a low of 19.2°C against 17.2°C on the previous night and it was 3.4°C above normal for the place, he said.
World famous Gulmarg resort recorded a low of 14.0°C against 12.2°C on the previous night. It was 1.9°C above normal for the north Kashmir place.
Kupwara town saw a low of 18.8°C against 16.5°C on previous night and it was 1.5°C above normal for the place during this time of the season, the official told Global News Service.
Jammu recorded a low of 24.1°C against 24.5°C on the previous night. It was 1.0°C ‘below’ normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 21.4°C, Batote 19.9°C, Katra 22.8°C, Bhadarwah 26.4°C and Kathua 24.8°C.