Heavy snowfall in Kashmir prompts authorities to sound high alert

Due to the heavy snowfall in Kashmir, the government has set up several control rooms to help people across the valley.

Srinagar –

With the snowfall continuing in Kashmir from the last two days, the authorities in the Valley have sounded high alert, even asking people not to travel on national highway.

As per reports reaching here, more than 4,000 vehicles are stranded on the national highway at different places after the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on 4th January.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more snowfall in southern Kashmir in first week of January. Pertinently, south Kashmir has received more snow than central and north Kashmir so far.

“There is a possibility of more snowfall in Pir Panjal region due to a Western Disturbance. The weather, however, can improve only after January 6,” a senior IMD officer told the media.

At many places in south Kashmir, the depth of snow is over 2 to 3 feet, which has hampered pedestrian movement.

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Meanwhile, the government has set up several control rooms to help people across the Valley and asked them to remain on high alert.

District Disaster Management Authorities across districts circulated 24×7 Helpline numbers of all essential services and appealed people to feel free in recording their grievances related to essential supplies.

The Srinagar-Jammu national highway is closed for the second consecutive day as there have been fresh landslides on the highway. Officials said more than 4,000 vehicles are stranded at various places on the national highway in the first week of January.

On Sunday night earlier this month, the J&K Traffic Police had issued an advisory, asking people not to travel on the national highway. This was after officials said that over two feet of snow was recorded at Jawahar tunnel and Qazigund.

The tourist resort of Gulmarg recorded around one feet of fresh snowfall last night while Srinagar recorded a temperature of -0.7 degrees Celsius and Jammu recorded 12 degrees Celsius.


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Aasif Ganaie

Aasif is a journalist and a news enthusiast based in Jammu & Kashmir. He voyages to explore and uncover the stories that need to be told. With a special focus on data journalism, the journo also writes about happenings, events and everything that matters.

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