No need to panic, Sept like flood situation won’t arise: Weatherman

SRINAGAR – The meteorological department’s prediction of heavy rain or snowfall in parts of Jammu and Kashmir has created panic among the residents, who are yet to recover from the impact of devastating floods that hit the region in September last.

Although the weather authorities have issued a weather advisory warning people of possible landslides and flash floods in prone areas, they ruled out any possibility of September like floods. Director, local meteorological department, Sonam Lotus said that two Western Disturbances in quick succession are likely to affect the hilly state and adjoining areas from Saturday evening until April 4.

“There is no need to panic but people should remain cautious as moderate to heavy rain / snow (on hilly areas) will occur from 29 March to 4 April at most places in Jammu and Kashmir region and at a few places in Ladakh region,” he said.

He also said isolated places in the State may receive heavy rain or snow, mainly on March 29 and April 3.

Lotus said the weather condition has the potential to trigger landslide in the avalanche prone areas and flash floods in vulnerable areas of the state. “The weather system may also disrupt surface and air transport during these days,” he said.

He further said there would be significant decrease in day temperatures and slight rise in night temperature owing to cloud cover.