Lifeline freeway shut for the fourth day: In Kashmir Snow disrupts the life

The lifeline Srinagar-Jammu national highway remained closed for the fourth day on Wednesday as contemporary landslides have been reported alongside the one street that connects the Valley with the remainder of the nation. Officers mentioned the stranded automobiles alongside the freeway have been taken to safer locations amid steady rain and snowfall.

“Jammu Srinagar NHW [national highway] blocked attributable to snow accumulation at Jawahar Tunnel and Landslides/mudslides/capturing stones at Samroli, Magarkot, Panthyal, Marog, Cafeteria mor, Dhalwas, Nashri @JmuKmrPolice,” tweeted Jammu & Kashmir site visitors police.

A gaggle of vacationers from Rajasthan had a slender escape alongside the freeway close to Panthal when a landslide hit the car they have been travelling in. Police mentioned the vacationers have been rescued and have been secure. Heavy snowfall for the reason that weekend has disrupted life throughout Kashmir, particularly in South Kashmir and the higher reaches of North and Central Kashmir. Locations like Kulgam district in South Kashmir have acquired as much as six toes of snow. The heavy snowfall has prompted authorities to order rationing of petrol, diesel, and LPG cylinders in addition to set up helplines at district headquarters.

Residents have complained that snow has not been cleared at many locations and hampered the general public motion.

The Jammu & Kashmir Catastrophe Administration Authority individually issued an avalanche alert. “Medium stage avalanche warning has been issued for higher reaches of Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Jawahar Tunnel, Doda, Kishtwar, Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara and Tanghdar. Equally, low-level avalanche warning has been issued for higher reaches of Gulmarg, Gurez, Kanzalwan, and Sonmarg,” mentioned an official of the authority. The India Meteorological Division (IMD) mentioned the climate was anticipated to enhance from Thursday. “Current climate circumstances are more likely to proceed until late tonight [Wednesday] or early tomorrow [Thursday]. We count on a big enchancment in climate from tomorrow…[Thursday] in Jammu and Kashmir. With that chilly wave will return from January seventh [Thursday] onwards with hotter days and colder nights,” IMD mentioned in a bulletin. It added Srinagar recorded a minimal temperature of 0.9 levels Celsius on Tuesday.