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Jammu-Srinagar highway remains shut for second day

india Updated: Dec 31, 2010 20:13 IST

Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only road link between Kashmir valley and rest of India, remained closed for the second day as slush made the road slippery.

"The national highway is closed for vehicular traffic as snow clearance operations are in process and the road is slippery," an official of the police control room said.

The 294-km highway is closed since yesterday after moderate snowfall in the Valley, however, over 400 people stranded inside the Jawahar Tunnel near Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, were evacuated by the civil administration assisted by the Army, officials said.

Around 75 vehicles are stuck in the 2.6km-long tunnel due to heavy snowfall in the area.

The evacuation operation was started last afternoon, but was suspended due to continuous snowfall in the region, the officials said, adding the work resumed in the evening and continued till 11 pm yesterday.

They said two persons stuck in the tunnel were suffering from Hypothermia, a condition in which the body's core temperature drops below that required for metabolism, and have been to be admitted to the Emergency Hospital at Qazigund.

However, the air link to the Kashmir valley was restored today as all flights operated as per routine. All the flights to and from Srinagar airport were cancelled yesterday due to snowfall.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at minus 0.2 degrees Celsius and in Qazigund mercury settled at minus 0.6 degrees C.

In Ladakh region temperature rose as Leh settled for minus seven degrees C, while Kargil recorded minus 6.2 deg C. The temperatures in Ladakh region often fall 12 to 15 degrees below the freezing point.

However, Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir and Pahalgam health resort in south Kashmir continued to reel under cold wave with minimum temperature falling to minus 5.2 degrees C at both the places.

Although there were no reports of snowfall or rains in the valley today, the weathermen has forecast downpour at isolated places in Kashmir over the next 24 hours.