Strong winds force authorities to issue warning in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Mar 11 (UNI) After some serious fluctuations in minimum and maximum temperature in the valley, strong winds in the afternoon forced authorities to issue a fresh warning to all the concerned agencies here to remain in a state of readiness to meet any eventuality.

The warning was issued by the Divisional Disaster Management Cell headed by Amir Ali after receiving a forecast from the Regional Meteorological Department, Delhi, about the possibility of strong wind and rain.

Mr Ali said senior police officers have been requested not to allow Shikaras to ply in Dal lake as a precautionary measure because of winds.

We have deployed police personnel on the bank of the lake to stop plying of Shikaras in the lake, he said adding strong winds can turtle boats.

Power supply to several areas, including Exchange road, in the summer capital was snapped after blowing high speed winds.

Mr Ali said the Chief Engineer, Electric department, Kashmir, was requested to ensure that power is switched off immediately in case of toppling over of electrical poles.

The maximum temperature in the valley before cloudy weather was eight degrees above normal while it was five degrees in the morning which was three degrees above the normal.

Official sources said though the day temperatures in Leh, Kargil and Drass were near normal, the night remained cold.

The minimum temperature was still minus five to minus seven degrees in Leh and Kargil while it was minus eight degrees in Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia.

A report from Kargil said about 300 students and teachers are stranded on Jammu since February 26.

It said the schools reopened in the Kargil district yesterday after winter vacation. However, the students and teachers are still in Jammu after AN-32 flights between Kargil and Jammu were cancelled for unknown reasons.

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