After the ceaseless overnight rain, Met department in Kashmir Valley on Monday warned about the heavy rains and thunderstorms within 24 hours.
“Moderate to heavy rains would occur at most places in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours with thunderstorms, gusty winds and hailstorm at some places”, Sonam Lotus, director of the Met Office said.
The temperature of Kashmir came down because of overnight rain. The minimum temperature has fallen to 7 degrees Celsius in Leh, 10 degrees Celsius in Srinagar, 20 degrees in Jammu on Monday.
Heavy rainfall is causing woes to the farmers and apple orchard owners. Farmers in Srinagar are worried about the weak barriers of Jhelum river, which were broken by flood last year. The barriers have not been fully fortified yet.
Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.
For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.
United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.
“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”
She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.
The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”
Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.
“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.
In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)