One person was killed on Thursday as the snowfall continued across Kashmir. Srinagar- Jammu highway remained closed and flights were cancelled.
The weatherman predicted significant improvement in weather from Friday and light snowfall and rains at isolated place.
A report Thursday evening said that a trekker Fateh Muhammad Mughal was killed during trekking Lachipora Uri. Report said that he was buried under snow.
Kashmir, (particularly higher reaches) is witnessing one of the most severe winters in recent decades. From last three days heavy snowfall is going on and life has come to a standstill and minimum temperatures have dropped.
"There will be significant improvement in weather from Friday," Director, MET, Sonam Lotus, told Greater Kashmir.
He said that there is enough moisture present in atmosphere and system is still active. "There can be light snowfall and rainfall at isolated places in next 24 hours," Lotus said, adding that for next three days there are most chances of avalanches in higher reaches. "The people living in higher reaches must take utmost care," he added.
Due the inclement weather, Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed and flights from Srinagar International Airport were cancelled.
Since the start of heavy snowfall on Tuesday, at least seven civilians have also died in Kashmir. On Wednesday, an Army officer and four members of a family died after their house collapsed due to heavy snowfall in Ganderbal district. The fifth member of the family, an 18-year-old, was rescued from under the debris.
Reports said life continued to remain crippled for the third consecutive day in north Kashmir following unprecedented snowfall since last three days.
Reports from different parts of the area suggest that scores of residential houses have suffered partial damage following the snowfall, while apple trees have broken at various places, resulting in huge loss to the apple growers.
They said, for last two days, around 11 residential houses including a Bandsaw Mill at Palhallan Pattan suffered damage after their rooftops collapsed due to the snowfall.
The heavy snowfall has exposed the district authorities for their unpreparedness to cope with the heavy snowfall. Most of the villages are disconnected from the district headquarters while electricity and drinking water have not been restored in most parts of the district so far.
In Kandi area of Baramulla district, around four feet snow has been recorded. The entire area is cut off from the district headquarter and people have complained that the area had not been cleared of the snow so far.
"Besides no electricity, the snow had not been cleared from the roads. Entire population has been forced to stay indoors as administration has miserably failed to clear the snow " said Ashiq Hussain from Dodbugh Kandi.
In Boniyar area of Baramulla district, the upper reaches comprising more than a dozen villages are disconnected from the district headquarter and authorities have issued avalanche warning in the area.
"The upper reaches are disconnected with the plain area. We have already issued avalanche warning in the area and advised people to take extra precaution while venturing out of their house," said Mudasir Ahmad Wani, Tehsildar Boniyar.
In Baramulla town, around two feet snow had been recorded so far. The heavy snowfall has forced town residents to stay indoors. The absence of the electricity and tap water has added to the miseries of common people.
The locals here while lashing out at the administration said that for the last three consecutive days there has been no electricity and drinking water. They said that the municipal council Baramulla has become paralyzed following the snowfall.
"It is very hard to walk on the roads. The municipal council authorities are nowhere. They should have pressed into service their men and machinery to clear the streets" said Showkat Ahmad, a town resident.
Reports from Tangmarg said that snowfall continued in the area intermittently on Thursday and till the report was filed two feet snow had accumulated in Kunzar township, three feet at Tangmarg. The Srinagar- Gulmarg road is open for traffic and interior roads cut off.
Srinagar witnessed intermittent snowfall on Thursday and about two centimeters of snow was recorded.
Reports from Ganderbal said a residential house collapsed due to heavy accumulation of snow on its roof top at Akhal Kangan.
The two storied residential house was owned by Ghulam Mohd Najar. The snowfall also caused damage to a shop owned by Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Sheikh at Check Konmula in the same area.
At least sixteen houses have been damaged due to heavy snowfall across central Kashmir's Budgam district on Wednesday, officials told Greater Kashmir.
Among these, partial damage has been suffered by nine residential houses in Beerwah Sub Division alone. At Sonpah, an Imam Bargah damaged due to heavy snowfall, reports said.
Sub Divisional Magistrate Beerwah Ghulam Mohi ud Din Shah told Greater Kashmir that initial reports of field staff put the damage to nine residential houses and seven cowsheds.
From Khansahab partial damage of five residential houses and two sheds has been reported, official said. The damages has occurred at Kremshora, Bapora, Kaishrazgeer, Mujpathri and Trajhkhal villages of the Sub Division, he added.
Meanwhile, residential house belonging to Nazir Ahmad at Negu Jabad and a residential house at Poshkar Khag have severely damaged due to heavy snowfall this morning, an official added.
"Families putting up at Nawroz Baba, Zogyari and Maninar villages of Khag tehsil have been asked to remain vigilant and shift to safer places keeping in view possibility of snow avalanches", SDM Beerwah told Greater Kashmir.
Damage of 35 structures has been reported from Beerwah Sub Division alone, as per officials among them twenty residential houses and fifteen non-residential houses have got damaged at different villages like Narsingpora, Beerwah, Goripora, Mirpora, Utterpora, Sonpah villages.
At Sonpah an Imam Bargah and a Jamiah Masjid at Sail village have also been damaged due to heavy snowfall, officials said.
Sub Divisional Magistrate Beerwah Ghulam Mohi ud Din Shah told Greater Kashmir that initial reports of their field staff has put the damage to twenty residential houses, fifteen non-residential houses, and seven cowsheds.
From Khansahab partial damage of seven residential houses and two sheds has been reported, a senior official said. These damages have occurred at Kremshora, Bapora, Kaishrazgeer, Arigam, Zogu, Mujpathri and Trajhkhal villages of the Sub Division, he added.
Life has come to standstill across the district where almost all the roads are blocked past two days. People from far flung areas of Khag, Khansahab, Chadoora and Char–ie-Sharief told Greater Kashmir over phone that they are facing acute problems due to blockade of roads linking these hamlets with Tehsil headquarters.
Reports from south Kashmir said that snowfall in Anantnag started on Thursday morning which went intermittently during the day. Snowfall was also reported from Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the divisional administration of Kashmir, has appealed people not to worry and take safety measures. The District headquarters have asked to take all precautionary measures for the safety of people.
(With inputs from Altaf Baba& Sheik Nazir)