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Continuous snowfall cuts off Valley, disrupts air traffic

Amit Khajuria, Hindustan Times  Jammu, January 18, 2013
First Published: 19:53 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 19:56 IST(18/1/2013)

Continuous rain and snowfall in the entire state has led to closure of many roads including 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway as well as the air traffic for the second consecutive day on Friday.

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Kashmir Valley and the mountainous districts of Jammu region remained cut off from the rest of the country due to heavy snow fall and rain in the entire state.

Due to slippery road conditions and heavy snowfall between Patnitop and Jawahar tunnel area, the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for vehicular traffic, forcing more than 1000 trucks to halt at various places.

Anil Magotra, SP Ramban informed HT, "The continuous rainfall and snow from the last 30 hours has made it very difficult to clear the national highway. We will only be able to clear the backlog of vehicles after the snowfall stops."

"There are around 100 passenger vehicles, including buses, taxis, tempo traveler etc and 210 trucks/ load carriers stranded on the 100 km stretch from Patnitop to Jwahar tunnel. We tried to clear the vehicles in the morning but the continuous snowfall did not allowed to do so," he added.

Magotra said that necessary arrangements for the halt of the stranded passengers have been made at 11 different locations at the highway. Some schools, shelter sheds and police buildings have been vacated for the stranded passengers with the facility of blankets, electricity and water arrangements.

Meanwhile the link roads of Doda-Kistwar, Poonch-Rajouri are also blocked due to heavy snowfall.

Apart from Patnitop to Banihal, there are 300 vehicles stranded at Udhampur, 200-250 trucks at Sidhra By-pass in Jammu, 550 at Nud and 110 at Dyala chak.

Air Traffic has also been affected due to heavy snowfall in the state on Friday and all five airlines from Jammu to Srinagar have been cancelled.
 
Meanwhile, Jammu observed continuous rainfall for the second day in the city.
 
The weatherman has predicted improvement in the weather on Saturday. However, "moderate to heavy rain/snow would occur at most of the places over the state."

The continuous rain and snow fall raised the minimum temperature of Jammu upto 10.3 degree Celsius and maximum of 11.8 degree Celsius with 17.3mm of rain, while in Katra the minimum temperature was 8.0 degree Celsius and maximum 9.2 degree Celsius with 27.0 mm of rain.

Bhaderwah has recorded the minimum temperature of 0.0 degree Celsius and maximum 0.9 degree Celsius with 23.8mm of rain with snow depth of 5cm.

Batote has minimum 1.9 degree Celsius and maximum 2.3 degree Celsius with 31 mm of rain with the now depth of 2 inches while the minimum temperature of Banihal was 0.2 degree Celsius and maximum 1.1 degree Celsius with 12.2 mm of rain with the snow depth of 10cm.


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