The Jammu and Kashmir government Saturday issued a snow avalanche warning after weather department prediction of heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir from Sunday.
"The weather conditions are evolving that may cause snowfall in first week of February bringing some respite from dry spell witnessed during major part of this winter," MeT officials told Greater Kashmir.
They said that moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur at isolated places over mid and high hills of Jammu and Kashmir from February 1 to February 3.
The areas of Chenab valley and Pir Panchal range of Jammu region and parts of Kashmir and Ladakh are likely to be hit most by the fresh snowfall.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Kumar Raju Ranjan, issued a weather warning as the weather is likely to deteriorate from February 1 to 3 in avalanche-prone areas of Tangdhar, Machil and Keran above 2500 meters altitude.
Ranjan, who is also chairman district disaster management authority has advised the people not to venture in avalanche-prone areas during the period, besides keep cleaning the snow deposition from roof tops of the houses to avoid any untoward incident during the snowfall.
People are also advised not to occupy and temporarily evacuate those locations which are under the line of avalanche.
Meanwhile, in view of the possibility of snowfall, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla has directed all the concerned officers to be in readiness and to activate their manpower and machinery and ensure that there is no disruption of essential services, power supply, water supply, health care services, etc. in the district. Moreover, the concerned officers have also been impressed upon to establish Control Rooms and the phone numbers must be notified for the general public.
The District Development Commissioner has also directed all concerned officers to keep all the requisite precautionary measures in place in order to avert any untoward incident.
The Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama has also advised the people of the district not to venture in avalanche prone areas during the snowfall.
Traffic police issues advisory:
As per an advisory issued by Traffic Police, people in general and passengers/drivers in particular have been advised not to start their journey on Srinagar-Jammu Highway without confirming the road/weather status from Traffic Control Rooms at Ramban (9419993745, 9596798726), Jammu (2459048, 9419147732) and Srinagar (0194-24500022), 2485396).
This advisory has been issued on the basis of weather reports which predict moderate to heavy snowfall especially in Banihal to Jawahar Tunnel sector and Jawahar Tunnel to Qazigund sector from 1 to 3 February. Besides, there is possibility of heavy to moderate rainfall in Ramban area, which may trigger landslides on the highway in Ramban-Ramsoo sector.