Snow, rains cause flash floods in J&K

Srinagar: Widespread moderate to heavy rains have lashed Jammu and Kashmir over the past 24 hours causing flash floods that have washed away culverts and roads across the union territory.
Parts of the Valley also received snowfall including at the Baltal Base Camp near Amarnath cave, Kausar Nag in Kulgam, Gurez in Bandipora district causing hardship to people living in these regions.
In view of the inclement weather and continuous rains that may cause floods, the district administrations in have established helplines for any kind of emergency arising.
Schools in various Kashmir districts have been shut from primary to higher classes for the day.
Srinagar and its adjoining areas received heavy rain in the past 24 hours since Tuesday inundating many low lying areas and roads causing trouble to commuters.
It was also the coldest day on Tuesday here in the month of June in the past 48-years, an independent Kashmir weather observatory said.
Meteorological department has forecast light to moderate rain to continue till Wednesday forenoon. From Thursday onward there is no major rainfall forecast for the next one week.Srinagar received 57.8mm of rainfall in 24 hours till 8.30 am Wednesday, Qazigund (75.2), Pahlgam (46), Kukernag (45.2), Kupwara (34.8) and Gulmarg (69.6).
There was snowfall at the Baltal base camp for Amarnath, besides Kausarnag, Gurez Valley and Pir Panjal range on Wednesday causing steep dip in mercury.
Continuous moderate to heavy rains since past few days caused landslide, flash floods at many places in the hills. A road stretch at Heff bride in Achan Pulwama washed away in flash flood. A foot bridge connecting Alyalpora to Nagbal in Shopian district of south Kashmir was also washed away.
In Kashmir, district authorities advised people not to venture close to water bodies. They have also been advised against going for any kind of work near ‘nallas’ or drains along the slopes.