Rain, thunderstorm creates havoc, brings down max temp

GJ Report
Jammu, Apr 20: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday directed the administration to provide relief in hail hit areas and take care of stranded passengers on the highways across the state.
Continuous rainfall and thunderstorm on Friday dipped the rising temperature by 10 degree in this winter capital of the state.
Jammu on Thursday recorded season’s hottest day with 34.5 degree.
However, the weather conditions changed completely overnight due to fresh spell of rains and snowfall on upper reaches.
“The maximum temperature recorded in Jammu on Friday was 24.8 degree Celsius, which was 34.5 degree Celsius on Thursday,” said a weatherman adding that the minimum was 18.3 degree Celsius.
“Rain, thunderstorm and snow at all districts of the state except Leh and chances of light rain and snow tonight leading to closure of major national Highways like Srinagar-Leh, Mughal Road, Sadna Top etc,” Sonam Lotus, Director MeT here said.
He said that in the next 24 hours, no large change expected while significant improvement from tomorrow only.
He also issued an advisory that in view of adverse weather, freezing cold and chances of landslide and avalanche, avoid travelling through passes and hills during next 24 hours.
However, in view of the heavy downpour in plains and snowfall in higher reaches of the State, Mufti has directed the Divisional Administration of Kashmir to be in a state of preparedness and reach out to people to minimise the level of disruption caused to people due to bad weather conditions.
The Chief Minister has directed all the concerned Departments like PDD, I&FC, PHE and other Departments to gear up in view of the inclement weather and deploy their men and machinery on the ground to meet the situation arising out of heavy rainfall.
The Chief Minister has directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Urban Local Bodies to ensure that dewatering process is initiated quickly in all the low lying and water logged areas and roads of Srinagar city and other towns.
She also directed the PDD authorities to ensure immediate repair and replacement of infrastructure damaged due to strong winds in many parts of the Valley.
Expressing concern over the losses caused to orchards and other property in Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian district and parts of Chenab Valley due to hail and strong winds, Mufti has directed the Divisional administrations of both provinces to provide all relief and assistance at the earliest to people in need of it.
The Chief Minister has also directed the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir to supervise early reopening of major Highways connecting Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions and till then the stranded passengers be taken care of by the administration properly.
She also directed the Deputy Commissioners of hilly districts to keep a watch on the civilian movement in areas for which avalanche warnings have been issued by the Met Department.
Meanwhile due to thunderstorm, trees were uprooted here in posh Gandhi Nagar locality and damaged four vehicles and one person was injured.
Minister for Revenue, Haj and Auqaf, Abdul Rehman Veeri also directed the Divisional Administration to gear up for meeting any eventuality arising out of heavy rains and winds in Kashmir.
He also asked the divisional administration to submit a report at earliest for the compensation in favour of affected families.
The Minister asked the Roads and Buildings Department, the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, the Mechanical Engineering Department, UEED and Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to immediately press into services the requisite men and machinery to ensure speedy dewatering of water-logged areas so that there is no disruption of traffic and public movement, an official spokesman said here.
The Revenue Minister asked the Irrigation and Flood Control Department to ensure round the clock vigil along the embankments of rivers and streams especially in the low-lying and vulnerable areas.
Preventive measures should be taken in advance to ensure safety of life and property, the Minister said.
Veeri said there should be no disruption of traffic movement due to water-logging of roads and the concerned authorities must ensure that inter and intra-state traffic moves normally.