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JK witnesses 100 percent rainfall deficiency this winter

Instead of average 46.3 mm rainfall, JK sees mere 0.5


Srinagar, Jan 24 (KNS): Amid the continuous dry spell, Kashmir Valley is witnessing a serious deficiency of rainfall with records of the weather department showing 18 districts of the state received no rainfall during the month’s first 15 days.
As per the records of Indian Metrological Department, Kashmir Valley is witnessing its worst ever dry spell during the present winter period with the state at large witnessing a deficiency of almost 100 per cent with a minimal 0.5 mm rainfall instead of the average 46.3 mm rainfall during January 2018.
As per the reports, the dry spell has also resulted in falling water levels in Kashmir’s rivers, which will cause a decline in the state’s hydroelectricity generation. It is currently around 2,457.96 MW, comprising 758 MW in the state sector, 1,680 MW in the central sector and 17.5 MW in the private sector.
Kashmir has been witnessing unusually dry weather conditions for the past few months. Even during the core winter period, precipitation remained extremely low. There was no snowfall in the upper reaches of the valley this year, with even the harshest period of winter in Kashmir, locally known as Chilla-i-Kalaan, passing with barely a flake.
According to the advocacy group ActionAid’s 2007 report on climate change in Kashmir, average temperatures in the region have shown a rise of 1.45 C., while in the Jammu region, the rise is 2.32 C. (KNS)