Srinagar, Feb 4: With no precipitation in offing, theauthorities in Jammu and Kashmir are preparing themselves to tackle the possible water crisis in the coming months as most streams and rivers have dried up.
An official while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Even at present we are facing severe water crisis in the rural areas. If there is no rainfall in coming days we may end up in a big trouble.”
He said, “Chillai Kalan remaining dry this year has led to no snow getting accumulated at the mountain peaks. This snow used to melt during summer months due to which streams and rivers kept on flowing. Melting snow was the main source of water during the dry season.”
The official said, “If the weather continues to remain dry people will have to tap the underground water resources to meet their requirements to fight the drought like situation.”
He said, “Water is purely a natural resource and it cannot be generated through any means. The only hope for us is underground water it needs to be tapped, processed and supplied to the people in coming months.”
Experts are of the opinion that pro-longed dry spell is the result of the climate change phenomenon. “Usually temperatures in Kashmir used to fall below the freezing point soon after the snowfall but the clear skies did not allow the precipitation to take place and snow remained elusive this year,” said an expert.
He said, “We are experiencing April like sunshine in February month. This is a worrisome trend. Another factor which is a cause of concern are the cold nights which Kashmir is witnessing at present. Srinagar recording minus 3.7 degree Celsius as minimum temperature on Saturday night is an indication that cold wave has not ended even after Chillai Kalan has ended in the Valley.”
The expert said that with the end of Chillai-Kalan cold wave used to end and temperatures used to go up but the trend is changing fast. “We will have to redefine the winter months in coming years,” he added.
This rise in mercury during days and temperature falling below the freezing point in the night, according to experts are not allowing Western Disturbance to settle over Kashmir. “This is one of the major reasons for Kashmir witnessing drastic climate change in winter months. It’s strange against an average temperature of 6.9°C during January, the temperature hovered between 12°C to 14°C,” the expert added.
He said, if the dry spell prolongs and if there is no precipitation in February month then it’s a bad news for the people of Kashmir.