Fresh snowfall disrupts life

Normal life in many parts of Kashmir was affected by fresh snowfall since Tuesday morning even as the Meteorological Department has predicted widespread precipitation for coming two days.
Fresh snowfall disrupts life
Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

Normal life in many parts of Kashmir was affected by fresh snowfall since Tuesday morning even as the Meteorological Department has predicted widespread precipitation for coming two days.

The snowfall also resulted in closer of Srinagar-Jammu highway and cancellation of all flights from Srinagar Airport.

MeT officials said here that many parts of Kashmir, especially higher reaches, experienced fresh snowfall overnight. "For next two days there are chances of widespread snowfall and rains across J&K," they said.

"There is forecast of widespread rain/snow with isolated and fairly widespread heavy snowfall on January 25, widespread rain/snow with scattered heavy falls on January 26, and fairly widespread to isolated rain/snow from January 27-28," a statement of the Divisional Administration said.

The statement said that all the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division have been asked to take necessary precautionary measures in their respective districts.

The fresh snowfall threw life out of gear in parts of Kashmir, particularly north Kashmir. Most of the roads, reports said, are closed in Kupwara and electricity is missing since last night.

Life in Srinagar city, which recorded two centimeters of snow till evening, was also disrupted because of intermittent precipitation.

Gulmarg in Baramulla district recorded over 10 inches of snowfall during the last 24 hours. It was snowing at the resort when this report was being filed.

Pahalgam in Anantnag recorded around 10 cm of snow while Kupwara in north Kashmir received seven cm of snowfall.

"Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed early this morning. Some three hundred vehicles are stranded," Traffic Police officials said here adding that landslides have hit the road at Panthal, Ramban, Shaitani Nalla and some other places.

The snowfall also resulted in cancellation of flights from Srinagar Airport, officials said. They said due to inclement weather and poor visibility no flight landed or took off from the Airport.

The snowfall has left north Kashmir's rural parts cut off from the respective district headquarters. Reports said scores of areas in Kupwara are cut off from the district headquarters and so far no road has been cleared as snowfall is going on.

Reports from upper reaches of Baramulla suggest that two feet snow has been recorded till evening. The locals said that overall life in the kandi belt of the district has been badly affected due to heavy snowfall and closure of maximum roads added to woes of common people.w

Officials said that four persons sustained minor injuries when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a canal due to slippery condition of the road caused by heavy snowfall in Bandipora.

"The vehicle was on way to Bandipora from Sopore. All the injured were evacuated to a nearby health facility for treatment," they added.

Officials said the roof of the residential house of Ghulam Mohiuddin in Trajekhal Khansahin in Budgam district was severely damaged due to heavy snowfall. However, all the family members were safely evacuated. Another residential house of Jalal Ud din Bhit in Mujhpathri Khansahab was also damaged due to heavy snowfall.

Two passenger were injured when a Tavera skidded off the road near Hilmission in Shogpora Budgam, both were shifted to nearby hospital.

Reports of snowfall were also received from higher reaches of Shopian while rains were witnessed in Pulwama.

MeT officials said that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, Qazigund town registered a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam settled at a low of minus 1.3, Gulmarg registered a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, Kupwara recorded a low of minus 0.9 degree Celsius and Kokernag settled at a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius. 

(With Altaf Baba/Ejaz-ul-Haq Bhat) 

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