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First snowfall in Kashmir cuts off valley

india Updated: Dec 30, 2010 23:42 IST
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Incessant and heavy snowfall in Kashmir, which began on Wednesday night, brought normal activities in the entire Valley to a standstill on Thursday.

All flights to and from Sringar airport were cancelled on Thursday due to poor visibility and the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was also closed, cutting off the Valley.

“Around 100 vehicles are stranded near Jawahar Tunnel on the national highway. Passengers have been shifted to safe locations,” said Aamir Ali, coordinator, Disaster Management, Kashmir.

In north Kashmir, around 50 vehicles are stranded on the Gulmarg-Tangmarg highway.

Srinagar recorded 30cm of snow since Wednesday evening, while Qazigund in north Kashmir received 80cm of snow, the highest in the state.

Tourist destinations Gulmarg and Pahalgam also received 44cm and 40cm of snow respectively.

The meteorological department has predicted more snowfall in the next 24 hours.

Schools have been closed. Kashmir University has postponed all examinations scheduled from December 31 till January 2, 2011.