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HindustanTimes Wed,03 Sep 2014

Unusually heavy snowfall throws life out of gear in Kashmir

Agencies  New Delhi, March 12, 2014
First Published: 11:10 IST(12/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:03 IST(12/3/2014)

Unprecedented snowfall in March has shutdown life in the Valley and cut off Kashmir from the rest of the country as the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed.


Heavy snowfall since Monday has also cut off many far-flung areas in the region.

A woman walks with an umberalla during heavy snowfall in Srinagar. (PTI Photo)

There has almost been a breakdown of electricity in the Kashmir Valley and people are facing drinking water scarcity in areas without electricity.

After heavy snowfall in Srinagar overnight on Tuesday, the city has been shut down after receiving more than one feet of snow.

Schools and colleges will also remain shut for two days.

Jammu and Kashmir authorities had issued a "high danger" avalanche warning for higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region on Tuesday.

A boatman clears snow from his shikara boat on Dal Lake following heavy snowfall in Srinagar. (AFP Photo)

"On the basis of information received from the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), the state disaster management authority has issued high danger avalanche warning for hilly areas of Uri, Tangdhar, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Badgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Kargil districts," said a statement.

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People living in these snowbound areas were asked to take precautions and not to venture on steep slopes.

Authorities also shifted around 60 people from disaster prone Waltangoo Naad area of Kulgam district to safer locations following heavy snowfall in the area on Tuesday.

A man stands with an umbrella while it snows heavily in Srinagar. (AFP Photo)

A total of 48 members of 10 families from Waltangoo Naad and Vasik Nag areas were shifted to safer locations, a police official said.

In another rescue operation, police in Shopian district along with the army rescued 10 members of two families from Mastpora village after their houses were cut off from the main village.

People walk along a road during heavy snowfall in Srinagar. (AFP Photo)


(With inputs from IANS)

 

 


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