Heavy Rain and Flooding Hit Kashmir Valley
Heavy Rain and Flooding Hit Kashmir Valley

For the past three days, heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding have affected the plains of the Kashmir Valley, causing landslides and submerging several low-lying villages in Kupwara and Handwara. In the meantime, areas in the higher reaches of the valley, such as Gulmarg and the Mughal Road, experienced fresh snowfall, bringing back the winter chill to the region.

All schools in the valley were ordered to remain closed on Tuesday. The regional Meteorological Department predicted continued wet weather across Jammu and Kashmir at least until Tuesday evening. However, an improvement in the weather is expected from Tuesday evening onwards, with generally dry conditions and no major weather events anticipated from May 1 to May 5.

Due to the heavy rainfall, the Jhelum River surpassed the flood declaration level in Srinagar on Tuesday morning. All major rivers and streams, including the Pohru Nallah in Kupwara district, were flowing near the danger mark because of the significant increase in water levels.The local administration has set up control rooms to monitor water levels in Jhelum and other water bodies in Kashmir.

Parts of Handwara and Kupwara towns have been waterlogged, prompting local authorities to deploy the local police, Army, CRPF, and SDRF to conduct rescue operations. A flash flood in Anantnag's Qazigund area partially damaged the Nawa Bonigam Bridge.As a precaution, the Directorate of School Education in Kashmir closed all schools in the valley on Tuesday.The University of Kashmir also postponed all examinations scheduled for Tuesday. Meanwhile, fresh snowfall was reported in areas along the Line of Control and in the hilly regions of the Kashmir Valley.

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