Rains create havoc, flash floods damage roads, cars

Jammu/Srinagar, Aug 13: The overnight rains have created havoc in this winter capital of the state as flash floods damaged cars and roads in many parts of the city thus triggering protests and resentment from the locals.
The heavy rains lashed in the plains of Jammu on the intervening night of August 12-13, where more than a dozen vehicles including cars, motorbikes were partially damaged while the roads and lanes were also affected.
Areas like Janipura, Canal Road, Bhagwati Nagar, Talab Tillo, Jewel Chowk, Domana, New Plot were the most hit due to the heavy rains.
The locals, however, staged a protest and expressed resentment against the successive governments in failing to find out a permanent solution to their grievances as every year they face the similar problems.
As water entered many houses, the electronic gadgets, household items, the grocery has completely perished.
“It has not happened for the first time as last year too, the flash floods erupted due to rains did damage to our house and many items,” Komal, a student busy in cleaning heaps of mud in Janipura area here said.
She said that it was the nightmare for the family when they saw vehicles, household items floating in the water.
“The successive governments in the past failed to solve the problem and present the Governor’s Rule is in the state.
We hope that this problem will be sorted out at the earliest and the concerned authorities take come concrete step so that in future such damages do not occur,” Manohar Lal said.
Last year three people including two school going children died due to flash floods at the same location.
Meanwhile, the waterlogged roads and unplanned sewerage lines being laid within the city and poor drainage system invited criticism from the locals.
“So far there is no case of any injury or loss of life has been reported from Jammu district but we have received reports of major damages to the goods and other items from various parts,” said a police official.
However, at many places, the road links were also cut off and washed away due to heavy rains and sudden flash floods.
The water level in the River Tawi also increased due to heavy rains on the upper reaches.
Director MeT Sonam Lotus has also predicted more rains in Jammu in the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile the weather has turned pleasant much to the delight of the people as the maximum temperature dipped several degrees due to rain that lashed the summer capital, Srinagar, and others parts of Kashmir since early Monday morning.
A Met department spokesperson said that light to moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at most places in the state during the next 24 hours. “The weather is expected to remain wet during the subsequent 48 hours,” he added.
After witnessing hot and humid weather during the past about a week, rain lashed Srinagar since early this morning, resulting in considerable dip in the maximum temperature. The summer capital has witnessed above normal maximum and minimum temperature during the last about a week.
The spokesperson said skies will be partly cloudy to very light rain and thundershowers during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 29 degree and 18 degree, respectively.
Tourists, including foreigners, woke up to a pleasant Monday morning as rain lashed world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature. “Despite rain, tourists are out on the slopes, enjoying horse riding and other activities in the ski resort. Last about a week was very hot and humid, but rain has brought much needed relief to the tourists, who are having a time of their life,” a hotelier said.
Rain also lashed Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and another tourist resort of Kukernag, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature. Traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was suspended due to landslides at various places, triggered by heavy rain since Monday morning.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also received incessant rain since early this morning, resulting in dip in the day temperature. Meanwhile, yatra to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas was suspended from traditional Pahalgam track on Monday due to slippery conditions following rain.