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Jammu-Srinagar highway closes due to rain

Heavy rains and snowfall lash Jammu and Kashmir resulting in landslides in Panthihal area which disrupt traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
None | By HT Correspondent, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2007 02:47 PM IST

Triggering a fresh round of cold wave in the state, heavy rains and snowfall on Tuesday lashed Jammu and Kashmir resulting in landslides in Panthihal area which disrupted traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

Many places in Kupawara district experienced heavy snowfall, prompting residents to take to kangris (earthen fire pots used to keep warm) or other modern gadgets for beating off the cold.

The snowfall in Kupwara started at around 7.30 am where the night temperature fell below the freezing point by 0.3 degrees Celsius, the Met Department said.

The heavy rainfall has caused fresh lanslides at Panthihal on Jammu-Srinagar national highway, resulting in the closure of arterial road connecting Kashmir valley to the rest of the country.

Qazigund area recorded the highest rainfall at 62.6 mm followed by Kupwara at 55.8 mm and Banihal at 55.4 mm, the Weatherman said.

Moderate to heavy rainfall was recorded in Srinagar (24.4 mm), Pahalgam (37.4 mm), Katra (32.7 mm), Jammu (25.4 mm), Batote (32.8 mm) and Bhaderwah (28.4) as well.

The maximum temperatures across the state plunged by four degrees and was recorded at 10.2 degrees Celsius in Srinagar, 6.0 degrees Celsius in Qazigund and 0.4 degrees celsius in pahalgam areas.

Meanwhile, schools in Kashmir valley, which were to reopen on Tuesday after a week break, have been closed for the day due to heavy rains.

Last week, the schools were closed due to heavy snowfall in the Valley.

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