Forecast of more snowfall worries farmers in Kashmir

Authorities ready with zone-wise strategy

The authorities in Kashmir on Monday geared up to meet any eventuality as the Meteorological Department forecast another spell of wet weather, a week after snowfall inflicted damage worth over Rs. 500 crore on the horticulture sector in the Valley.

Sonum Lotus, Director, Meteorological Department, said the fresh spell will be less intense than the snowfall on November 3-4, which was “a record since 1986.” “Light snowfall is likely to increase gradually in intensity and distribution by Monday night. The weather will persist till November 14. Chances of heavy rain or snow is very less, although snowfall of the order of 5-10 inches in the upper reaches cannot be ruled out,” said Mr. Lotus.
Action plan

Not leaving anything to chance, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah on Monday called for “preparing zone and location-wise action and management plans to prevent interruption to services during inclement weather situations in the district.” He said the strategy comes against the backdrop of the recent bout of unforeseen snowfall throwing life out of gear across the district. “Joint control rooms will be established in all the zones and a central control room will oversee the overall operations ensuring coordination and organisation during eventualities,” he said. Heavy snowfall in the first week of November resulted in a major electricity breakdown in the valley, apart from heavy damage to the apple sector.

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