After 32 years, Jammu & Kashmir has witnessed its highest rainfall in March and the rains are likely to continue up to Friday.
The intensity of the rainfall in the coming days is expected to be less than what the state has received in the last week of March.
Director of Meteorology Sonum Lotus told The Indian Express that Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed around 300 mm rains in the month of March. “This year March was the wettest month in last 32 years,” he said, adding that in 1983 the state had witnessed around 365 mm rains.
“There are many reasons for the consecutive spells of the rainfall in the Valley,” he said.
Lotus said that rainfall in last September, which triggered massive floods in the Valley, was much higher than what we are witnessing now. “Fresh cycle of rainfall started on Wednesday and the next 24 hours will be crucial. The Valley will witness more rains tonight and after Friday the intensity will be less,” he said.
He said that people should not panic, but should remain cautious. “This time many rumours about the intensity of rainfall in the Valley are doing rounds on various social networking sites, people should not pay heed to them.”