Heavy Snowfall: Two casualties; scores of houses damaged

Snowfall in Kashmir
A view of snowfall in southern Kashmir'S Pulwama district | Photo by Reshi Irshad

SRINAGAR — Scores of houses and temporary structures have been damaged due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir Valley. The massive snowfall disrupted life for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday.

Transmission lines and water pipelines have suffered massive damage across Kashmir Valley.

A Government official said that electricity has been restored in major parts of the Valley.

“Emergency services to all hospitals with regard to power and water supply were restored on priority basis while field staff of almost every essential department are on ground, restoring the damaged water-pipe and transmission lines,” the official said.

An official from Srinagar Municipal Corporation said that snow is being cleared from the compounds of various hospitals on priority to ensure hassle-free movement of people for medicare facilities, besides field staff have been directed to clear the snow from the roads to ensure free movement of people and vehicles.

Due to the snow-furry, dozens of residential houses, sheds and temporary structures have suffered damages. South Kashmir, that witnessed heavy snowfall, has suffered maximum damage.

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Rooftops of six houses were blown off due to continuous snowfall in Srinagar as well as other parts of Kashmir.

As per the preliminary reports, two casualties have been reported in Kashmir Valley due to snowfall.

A trooper died while coming under snow in Srinagar outskirts at the residence of a National Conference leader. Another casualty was reported from Trehgam Kupwara where an elderly woman, Rehmat Begum wife of Muhammad Subhan Malik, came under a chunk of snow that came down crashing from the house.

The houses were damaged in Narwara Eidgah Srinagar, Lal Bazar Srinagar, Nalabal Nowshera Srinagar, Gagribal Srinagar, Boatman Colony Bemina Srinagar, Cheramarg Shopian, Khag Budgam, Kurhama Ganderbal, Dani Syedan and Nambla Uri Baramulla.

The victims whose houses were damaged include Sajad Ahmad Wani, Dr Mohammad Rouf Parot, Abdul Gaffar Sheikh, Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Ghulam Mohammad Guroo, Javaid Ahmed Khan, Reyaz Ahmad Sheikh, Gulam Mohiuddin Bhat, Abdul Latief Barwal, Syeda Raza Fatima, Gulzar Hussain and Ali Muhammad Bhat.

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At least 22 families of village Mirasi Nalla Kund area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, which is prone to snow avalanches, were shifted to the Government Middle School building Kraloo Kund for safer places.

For the fourth consecutive day, flights at Srinagar International Airport didn’t land or take off. “We are waiting for the improvement in weather. Once it improves, flights will be operational,” said Director Srinagar Airport.

All important roads are closed for traffic. The Srinagar-Jammu Highway, Mughal road, Anantnag-Kishtwar road, Kupwara-Karnah road, Kupwara-Keran road, Kupwara-Machil road, Bandipora-Gurez road are all closed.

“Jammu-Srinagar highway remains blocked due to snow accumulation at Jawahar Tunnel and landslides, mudslides and shooting stones at Samroli, Magarkot, Panthyal, Marog, Cafeteria Mor, Dhalwas, Nashri,” an official said.

Meanwhile, a MeT official said that there will be improvement in weather conditions from Wednesday afternoon.

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