Kashmir lashed by rain, winds, snow and an avalanche

February 22, 2011KASHMIR – Torrential rains, gusty winds and snowfall on Monday wreaked havoc in several parts in Kashmir and left one BSF porter dead and three security forces personnel injured at a forward post in Gurez. The rain, which started on Sunday evening, triggered avalanches in several parts of the valley and resulted in shooting stones on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, leading to its closure for traffic. “An avalanche struck at a forward post at Kabul Gali, Gurez (in north-east of Srinagar) on the Gurez-Mushkoo-Drass side. A porter died and four others, including three paramilitary BSF men, were injured,” Amir Ali, officer on special duty with Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, told the Hindustan Times. An Air Force plane failed to make a sortie to the spot to airlift the injured. “But the injured are being treated at Kabul Gali only. They could not be airlifted due to adverse weather,” said Ali. –Hindustan Times
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1 Response to Kashmir lashed by rain, winds, snow and an avalanche

  1. johnnymac says:

    Temperatures dip to lowest in Kashmir, Ladakh
    December 17, 2011- Srinagar: The free fall of mercury continued across the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh on Saturday with cities and towns in both regions recording some of their lowest temperatures till now. Srinagar recorded minus 4.3 degrees, the lowest in the city this season so far. “Leh was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir with the minimum temperature there dipping to minus 14.0 degrees Celsius while Kargil town recorded minus 12.0 degrees,” an official of the local meteorological department said here.
    The ski resort of Gulmarg in North Kashmir recorded minus 8.2 while Pahalgam in South Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius.

    The official also said the night temperatures would continue to fall further during the next two days because of clear, windy nights across the Valley.

    “On the afternoon of December 19, we are expecting the arrival of a Western disturbance, which could result in light rains in the plains and a mild snowfall in the higher reaches. This would bring in respite for the locals who have been experiencing severe cold, especially during the nights,” the official added. ‘Western disturbance’ is the term used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to describe an extra-tropical storm originating in the Mediterranean Sea region that brings sudden winter rain and snow to the northwestern parts of the Indian sub-continent. Western disturbances are important for the Rabi (winter) crops in the northern parts of the Indian sub-continent.


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