Kashmir Valley: Threat of droughts and flash floods puts food security at risk

In the Kashmir Valley, dry conditions prevailed from March to mid-June this year, followed by flash floods later, are threatening severe economic losses. The Jhelum river levels have dropped significantly. An increase in average temperatures, low precipitation and loss of glaciers in the region, are considered to be the primary reasons. Rivers and their tributaries across Kashmir have been recording a drop in water levels.

The adverse weather conditions that have affected the main crops of the valley are expected to impact the food security of the region. The farmers are advised to pursue alternate crops but they expect support from the government in terms of crop insurance.

Farmers, worried about dry conditions, then saw the Kashmir Valley hit by flash floods in June. This led to a rise in the level of most water bodies, many crossing the danger levels at various locations.

Source: india.mongabay.com


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