The upper reaches of Kashmir on Wednesday received rare snowfall and heavy rain leading to flooding in some areas even as plains of North India are reeling under an intense heat wave. 

During the overnight storm, more than 100 sheep were killed by lightning in Sarbal and Baltal areas of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal on Tuesday last night.

Rare June snowfall hits Kashmir, India as severe heatwave engulfs the country. 100 sheep killed by lightning
Rare June snowfall hits Kashmir, India as severe heatwave engulfs the country. 100 sheep killed by lightning

Heavy rain and rare snowfall in the upper regions of the Valley, especially in Sonmarg and Gurez led to a drop in day temperature on June 12, 2019.

Snow in June in the upper parts of the valley is not unusual but a rare event. It has happened in the past and will happen in future as well,” he said. “Since the department has not an observatory in Zanskar so there are no written records of June snowfalls.” 

Apart from Kashmir, snowfall in higher reaches have also been reported from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim in June.

Hundreds sheep killed by lightning during storm

The upper reaches of Kashmir (Ganderbal) on Wednesday received rare snowfall and heavy rain leading to flooding in some areas even as plains of North India are reeling under an intense heat wave. 

Over 100 sheep were killed by lightning in Sarbal and Baltal areas of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal on Tuesday last night . Picture by Umar Raina / KL image

The sheep were killed overnight by lightning strikes before being covered with snow by the above mentioned snow storm. 

This unexpected snowfall is like a miracle

I have never witnessed snow during summertime. For me it was not less than a miracle of watching snow in June when the heat wave is continuing in northern parts of the India,” said Rajesh Kumar a tourist from Rajasthan. “I want to extend my trip just to enjoy this pleasant weather.

[Kasmir Life, Hindustan Times]

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