Altaf Hamid Rao.

MIRPUR (AJK)(Parliament Times):  Heavy rains in various plains and snow fall on upper reaches of Azad Jammu & Kashmir continued the 4th consecutive day on Tuesday.

The inclement weather led to a deep dip in already chilled weather. The night temperature particularly went in to intolerable chillness in the snow-clad top mountainous areas of the liberated territory.

Earlier the long dryness for past over three months in major portion of AJK including Mirpur division caused seasonal diseases including allergy, flue and fever in various parts of the state besides reducing the water level in rivers and dams to alarming extent because of the lack of rains in the region.

State Disaster Management Authority AJK sources told APP late Tuesday that various parts of Azad Jammu & Kashmir received first heaviest rainfall of the season in the plains besides the snowfall at the upper reaches of the State mid night of Saturday and Sunday.

Different parts of the state including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Neelam and Leepa valleys, Kotli, Bhimbher, Rawalakot besides some adjoining areas lashed with the heavy down pour coupled with thunder storm mid last night turning the weather more chilly and forcing the people to go into more heavy clothing.

Life remained paralysed the third successive day in top mountainous parts of snow clad Neelam and Leepa vallies which received snow fall since last three days and the population in the snow-clad areas stayed confined in to their houses, some of the dwellers of the snow-clad areas of Haveili, Bagh district as well as Forward Kahota, Haveili. Neelam and other vallies told this news agency over telephone on Tuesday.

Various roads in snow-clad areas of Leepa and Neelam vallies, Haveili district including Mahmood Gali, Lass Dana and Haji Peer were reportedly partially closed for all kind of vehicular traffic since past three days.

In Mirpur, the rains, with wind storm of mild intensity, started at the wee hours Sunday which was continued intermittently till Tuesday.

Meteorological department has predicted continual rainfall in plains and snowfall at top mountainous parts of the AJK during next 24 hours.

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