Sarfaraz Ah Lone
Srinagar, June 21: Fresh rains lashed Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir Valley on Wednesday since early this morning, resulting in dip in the day temperature while flash floods triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in several villages of Kokernag area of Anantnag district of south Kashmir.
Reports said that cloudburst triggered flooding in Brengi Nallah which later damaged houses, roads, standing crops and water pipelines in Vail, Ahlan Gadole, Gohan and Magraypora villages.
Water level has also risen in Veth Vethastu nallah in Kapran area of Verinag in Door tehsil.
Several houses have been damaged while road connectivity has been affected by flooding.
A Meteorological department official said that light rain or thundershowers would occur at many places during the next 24 days in Kashmir. Rain lashed world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, resulting in dip in the day temperature.
But, the night temperature improved a degree from yesterday due to overcast conditions and settled at 6.6 degree. “It has been raining intermittently since morning in this ski resort, resulting in dip in the temperature. But, despite rain, tourists are enjoying themselves,” a hotelier said over the phone. After an improvement of over a degree in the night temperature, people woke up to a rainy Monday morning in this summer capital, resulting in chilly weather conditions. However, as the day progressed the Sun made a brief appearance though chill continued due to overcast conditions, coupled with ice cold winds. Yesterday, the day temperature recorded in Srinagar was a degree below normal.
Meanwhile, against 11.9 degrees recorded yesterday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 13.2 degrees. He said there is possibility of rain or thundershowers during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures tomorrow will be around 26 degrees and 12 degrees, respectively. Chill returned to world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in north Kashmir, during the day following rain and overcast conditions. The night temperature in Pahalgam improved and settled at 10.2 degrees, against 6.7 degrees recorded yesterday. The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir, tourist resort of Kukernag surged and settled at 11.6 degrees, 11.9 degrees and 10.9 degrees, respectively.
The night temperature at the border town of Kargil and Leh in Ladakh region also improved and settled at 11.2 degrees and 11.5 degrees, respectively. The spokesperson said there is possibility of light rain in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 17 degrees and 9 degrees, respectively.