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Higher reaches receive thin layer of snowfall 

Higher reaches receive thin layer of snowfall 
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Srinagar: Bringing the mercury further down in the Valley, the intermittent rains continued to lash the Valley for the third consecutive day on Tuesday while as the higher reaches including the world-famous tourist destinations experienced a fresh thin layer of snowfall.

The intermittent rains continued to lash Valley since Sunday afternoon, bringing the temperature down.

Officials in the local Meteorological (MeT) department informed the higher reaches including the world famous ski-resort, Gulmarg and other tourist destinations Pahalgam and Sonamarg received a thin layer of snowfall this morning.

They informed that the rains in plains, as well as the snowfall in the higher reaches, would continue till next 48 hours under the influence of Western Disturbance (WD) which is currently active in the region.

Earlier, Director MeT, Sonum Lotus had said that the long dry spell in the Valley persisted this year due to the low intensity and frequency of WDs.

The long dry spell has also worried the farmers who have been advised by the government not to sow water-intensive paddy this season due to a water scarcity caused by the long dry spell.

However, MeT officials said that the light to moderate rainfall would continue to occur at isolated places across the Valley during the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the intermittent rains have resulted in water logging at several places in Old City areas including Khanyar, Baba Demb and others, resulting in immense hardships to the pedestrians.

The locals appealed the concerned authorities to take immediate steps in this regard.

Meanwhile, officials in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) said that the corporation in wake of heavy rainfall had put its men and machinery on task to dewater the waterlogged areas in different parts of Srinagar city.

“Besides sucker machines and mobile pumps the entire concerned sanitation staff was pressed into service,” officials said.

“Dewatering exercise was carried out in inundated areas which included Hari Singh High Street, Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, Bemina, Qamarwari, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Mehjoor Nagar, Hyderpora, Gogji Bagh, Chanpora etc.,” they added.

“All the dewatering stations including mobile pumps have been kept operational,” officials added.

The entire dewatering exercise has been taken up under the close supervision Commissioner SMC Riyaz Ahmed Wani who was in constant touch with ground level Officers.

The Control room headed by Joint Commissioner Adm Syed Abul Qasim is already activated, officials said, adding that general public can contact on helpline number 2474499 in case of reporting any submergence from their concerned areas.

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