Inclement weather helps to break the chain of covid in Kashmir
By: Muzamil Bhat CK
Heavy rains on Thursday lashed Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir, helping the government in maintaining covid behaviour on the streets. Most of the streets were deserted while the government has already restricted the markets and trade centres to open on rotational basis.
The government has also asked the transporters to keep only 50% occupancy in their vehicles.
On Thursday it was the help from nature as the heavy rains restricted the movement of people in most parts of Kashmir valley especially in Srinagar city.
With over 2000 cases reported yesterday along with 13 deaths, the government is trying its best to get the cooperation of people for covid behaviour.
Rains continued throughout the day restricting the movement of people to great extent in Srinagar city.
Meanwhile KNO in its report on the weather conditions of Kashmir valley has said, the higher reaches of Kashmir including tourist resort Gulmarg and remote Gurez valley on Thursday received fresh snowfall while rains lashed the plains, resulting in a considerable dip in the maximum temperature.
An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that snowfall started in Gurez started at around 06 AM today, following which the traffic movement on Bandipora-Gurez road was restricted.
Reports said that higher reaches of Kashmir including the world-famous ski-resort, Gulmarg, Ganderbal and Machil in Kupwara also received fresh snowfall while rains lashed other parts of Kashmir valley.
Meteorological (MET) Department has said that light to heavy rain showers are expected over most places of Jammu and Kashmir during next 24 hours.
“Significant drop in day temperature, departure from normal up to -12.0°C. Hailstorm/gusty winds are possible at some places, ” the department said.
In another statement it said that rain and thunderstorm at many places of J&K and snowfall over higher reaches of Kashmir and Drass -Zojila area likely to continue till evening.
It warned that there is high probability of thunderstorm with lightning in most parts of Kashmir, Ramban-Banihal, Poonch-Rajouri areas during the next few hours.
With inputs from KNO