Massive snowfall disrupts life in Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Heavy snowfall lashed Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region including Ramban and Chenab Valley on Saturday while Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for traffic to prevent accidents.

Kashmir capital Srinagar received four inches of snow and the snowfall continued till late on Saturday. MeT said that on Sunday morning, the snowfall will decrease considerably.

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Gulmarg had received a foot of fresh snowfall, Pahalgam five inches, Ganderbal town six inches, Badgam five inches, Bandipora five inches, Baramulla four inches, Shopian eight inches and Anantnag town three inch till 2 PM.

It was still snowing at all these places except Srinagar till the filing of this report. “The western disturbance presently active here will start weakening from Saturday evening. Till then, snowfall will continue with intermittent breaks. The higher reaches may receive more snowfall,” local meteorological office said.

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The minimum temperature in Srinagar was 3.5 degrees, it was 2.0 in Pahalgam and one degree in Gulmarg.

Electricity was hit in various parts across Kashmir Valley. However, an official from PDD told news agency Kashmir News Trust that all the field staff was out to ensure that if local faults occur anywhere due to the snowfall, they would be attended to without any delay.

Srinagar Municipal Corporation pressed men and machinery into service to clear snow from lanes and by-lanes.

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Meanwhile, Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for traffic on Sunday as continuous heavy rains and snowfall has led to blockades at number of places along the 270-km stretch, officials said.

“Tomorrow, vehicular movement on Jammu-Srinagar highway will remain suspended as the heavy rains and snowfall has triggered large scale shooting stones activity, landslides and slipper road conditions on the (thoroughfare). The highway is blocked at many places,” a Traffic department official said.

He said people are advised not to undertake any journey on the highway till the restoration work is completed and surface is traffic worthy.

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