Met predicts more rainfall

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 4/1/2015 12:10:54 AM

SRINAGAR, Mar 31: The state meteorological department has predicted more rainfall in next 24 hours. The spokesperson at MET office revealed there was the possibility of moderate to heavy rainfall at most of the places across the state from tomorrow.
As flood threat looms over the valley the weather predictions make next three days crucial for the already sounded flood alert.
The spokesperson however said the intensity of rainfall was expected to be lower than the recent incessant rains which almost triggered flood like situation across the valley.
“During next 24 hours moderate to heavy rainfall / thunder showers may occur across the state particularly Kashmir valley. This weather condition is predicted to continue till April 3. We are expecting more rains during next three days. However it will be normal rainfall,” spokesperson at MET department said.
He added, “Weather is likely to be cloudy for next three days. But there was nothing to worry about since it won’t be as unprecedented as the recent rainfall. The rainfall we witnessed was quite heavy but there are no predictions of rains of same amount. Weather is likely to improve from April 3.”
The incessant rainfall triggered flood like situation across the valley resulting in a panic among the people. With Jhelum crossing the danger mark at several places a food alert was sounded across the state.
According to the spokesperson at state MET department Srinagar received around 43.8millimeter of rains on March 28. On March 29 around 50.6 millimeters of rain was measured in Srinagar resulting in waterlogging of several areas.
As was earlier predicted by MET department there was some improvement in weather on March 30 and 31 with only 0.5 millimeter of rain occurring in Srinagar on April 31.
“The amount of rainfall in South Kashmir has also been heavy. Kokerneg witnessed the highest 84.7 millimeter of rainfall while as Pahalgam witnessed around 58 millimeters of rain,” MET office revealed.
Director meteorological office Sonam Lotus said the present weather condition was triggered by the western disturbances effective in the state. He said there was no need to panic over the predictions and the weather department issues advisories to get administration as well as people alerted.
“This weather condition is prevalent due to the western disturbances which are still effective over the state. It will continue till 3rd of next month. There are predictions of rainfall all over the state though people need not to panic. The downpour is not going to be that bad. However people should remain cautious. At the same time government should also be alerted and prepared to tackle with the problems like water-logging etc. For now there is no advisory or warning except the prediction we have issued,” Sonam Lotus said.



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