Jammu division on Friday witnessed cold weather conditions due to heavy downpour at all places. Around 600 passengers were stranded in Banihal and Ramban after vehicular traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was stopped.
Jammu Airport officials told Greater Kashmir that 12 flights scheduled from Srinagar were cancelled due to the weather conditions. Other flights operated normally despite heavy rains.
Traffic officials said 300 passengers travelling in 80 vehicles were stopped at Banihal when they were heading for Srinagar from Jammu. Similarly, 25 Light Motor Vehicles were stopped at Ramban.
A total of 600 passengers are stuck on the highway after snowfall lashed the highway town Banihal and its adjoining areas.
The stranded passengers have been accommodated in shelters at Banihal and Ramban. Some of the stranded passengers have been accommodated in a building near Railway Station Banihal.
Even as many stranded passengers have preferred staying in private hotels, the authorities have arranged community kitchens to provide free food to the passengers amid severe cold conditions.
“The vehicular traffic has been stopped on the highway. We are making arrangements. We are monitoring the situation though some of the routes are closed, but we trying to re-open them. We are in contact with all the Deputy Commissioners in Jammu Division to review the situation repeatedly,” said Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma.
The temperature has dropped in Rajouri, Poonch, Reasi and all the districts of Jammu division as the upper reaches have witnessed heavy snowfall and Jammu plains were lashed with continuous rainfall.
The rivers across Jammu have been flooded and the people have been advised by the authorities to avoid going close to the rivers.
Reports from Kathua disclosed that Bani-Basohli road has been blocked due to snowfall and landslides.
In Reasi district, Katra witnessed first snowfall of the season, chopper service has been stopped due to the weather conditions and low visibility.
Vehicular traffic on Doda-Kishtwar road has been stopped after landslides in some areas. Bhaderwah-Doda road remained blocked for hours. However Mechanical Department Division Khalleni has started snow clearance on internal link roads of Bhadarwah.
Traffic from Thanamandi to Surankote via DKG Road has been affected from last night. Rajouri to Budhal-Kotranka road is also blocked.
The electricity supply remained snapped in most of the villages in Pirpanchal and similar was the situation in urban areas where power played hide-and-seek.