Non-stop rain, snowfall creates flood-like situation in J&K

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According to the MeT department, Srinagar received 83.9 mm rain and snowfall since yesterday while Kokernag in south Kashmir received 69.9 mm of rains in the same period.

Due to inclement weather in Kashmir for last three days, the schools and colleges will remain closed till April 10, that is, Sunday.

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Wednesday was closed again after landslides hit the road. Because of heavy water flow over the roads, traffic has also been halted by the concerned authorities. This, coupled with fresh snowfall this morning has impacted election campaigning in Jammu and Kashmir, which is scheduled to have by-elections in Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies on April 9 and 12 respectively.

"Teams have been rushed to these areas to organise relief and rescue", police said.

The staff of flood control department is on alert and water levels of local rivers, lakes and streams is being continuously monitored. She also directed chalking out contingency plans for flood-prone areas and make available nearby buildings in case of emergency evacuations. They also shifted some families from Kupwara after rains and snowfall led to water-logging in the district.

Similarly, old trees got uprooted by the wind near Historic Church at the Ridge, disrupting power supply, movement of commuters and traffic.Kashmir valley remained cut off from the rest of the country, following the closure of the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to fresh snowfall, landslides and shooting stones.

The University of Kashmir, Islamic University and Central University also postponed exams for the day.

Officials have also issued an alert for the people living in low lying areas. The Chief Minister issued orders to form unified control rooms at the district levels and asked the Divisional Commissioner to monitor the functioning of these control rooms and coordinate the rescue efforts in these districts.

"There would be gradual decrease in snow and rainfall activity from Thursday afternoon and improvement in weather will start from tomorrow (Friday)", Sonam Lotus, Director of the J&K Met department told IANS on phone.

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