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Valley likely to get respite from scorching weather
Highway blocked for several hours due to landslides
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, July 16: Kashmir valley is likely to get some respite from the prevalent scorching weather conditions. The officials at the state meteorological department revealed that there were predictions of light to moderate rainfall along with thunder-showers across Kashmir from Monday. The spokesperson at Met office said that the rainfall may occur on Sunday evening as there was slight scope of Western disturbances which may result in precipitation.

Kashmir valley is witnessing heat wave for past one week giving a tough time to Valleyites. According to the officials at Met department, excessive humid conditions have been rising with the rise in the mercury during the past two days.

They said rain showers might cause a decline in the percentage of humidity.

"There are chances of rain in valley on Monday. Light two moderate rainfall may over isolated places across Kashmir valley during next 24 hours across the state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, there is prediction of heavy falls in Jammu region only," Met official said.

He said that rain was likely to cause a drop in the soaring mercury, to some extent.

According to Met department Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 32.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday and a minimum temperature of 20.3 degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature in tourist spot of Pahalgam settled at 27.4 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 15.8 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg recorded a maximum temperature of 20.0 degrees Celsius and a low of 12.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a maximum temperature of 32.1 degrees Celsius and a low of 18.4 degrees Celsius. Kokernag area in south Kashmir recorded a maximum temperature of 29.8 degrees Celsius and a night temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Srinagar-Jammu national highway was again blocked for traffic on Sunday due to landslides at several areas triggered by rainfall along the 300 km long stretch.

Traffic movement was stopped on highway for hours together till the road was cleared off the debris of landslides.

According to the officials at traffic control room there were landslides in Ramban area which blocked the road due to which authorities had to stop the vehicular movement on highway.

The officials revealed that vehicular traffic was allowed to move after the road was cleared off the debris.

"Traffic was suspended on highway for several areas because there were landslides which blocked the road. Landslides had occurred in Ramban areas of Maroog and Sehri due to heavy rains in these areas. Traffic was restored soon after road was cleared," officials at the traffic control room revealed.

In the past one week, the highway has remained blocked for traffic several times owing to rainfall along the stretch.


News Updated at : Monday, July 17, 2017
 
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