The weather department has forecast widespread heavy to very heavy rain as well as possibility of flash floods and landslides in Jammu and Kashmir for three days from Monday next week.
The advisory issued by the Srinagar Meteorological Centre has warned of “moderate to high risk” possibility of flash floods and temporary disruption of surface traffic on Kashmir’s key highways.
Kashmir will be celebrating Eid-ul-Adha from Wednesday, the third day of the likely storm.
The Centre said the surface traffic can be disrupted along Jammu-Srinagar highway, Srinagar-Leh highway, Doda-Kishtwar road and Mughal Road.
“Lower and Middle level tropospheric winds from north Arabian sea is most likely to interact with Easterly Winds ( from Bay of Bengal) from 18th to 21st July,” the centre said in its advisory.
It said the system is “most likely to cause widespread heavy to very heavy rain, thunder with lightning at most places of Jammu mainly in Pirpanjal Range and plains of Jammu division from 19 (Monday) to 21 (Wednesday)”.
It further said that moderate to heavy rain and thunder with lightning will occur in many places of Kashmir division from Monday to Wednesday.
The centre warned of landslides and shooting stones at vulnerable places as well as water logging and “minor floods over low lying areas”.
It also advised suspension of agricultural and horticultural operations during this period.