Jammu & kashmir rainfall
A flood victim wades through a flooded field following heavy rain in Jhang, Punjab province [Representational Image]Reuters

The heavy rainfall for over the last 24 hours caused heavy destructions in several parts of Kashmir, including structural damage due to landslides, but no casualties have been reported yet.

The police said that at least 44 structures, including eight residential buildings and 10 cowsheds in Budgam district's Chontinar village, were damaged after the heavy rainfall lashed the valley. Nearly 26 residential structures suffered partial damage, PTI reported.

The Traffic Department of the state said the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been closed, following the landslides at nearby places, while several areas in Srinagar were submerged in deep water.

The heavy rainfall has resulted in severe water-logging in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining Regal Chowk and it has also affected Rajbagh, which was also hit badly in the 2014 floods.

Met department had predicted heavy rainfall in parts of the valley, which will is likely to be hit by heavy snowfall later next week as a result of western disturbances in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

"Two western disturbances in quick succession are likely to affect Jammu & Kashmir and adjoining areas from this evening to April 4 with occasional gaps. Under the influence of these weather systems, moderate to heavy rain or snow (on hilly areas) will occur at most places in J&K and at a few places in Ladakh region," PTI quoted Director Met office Sonam Lotus as saying.

Lotus added that the deteriorating weather conditions can also trigger flash floods in vulnerable areas of the state.

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