Heavy snowfall in Kashmir
Srinagar, December 4
A weather office spokesman said the maximum temperature today was recorded 3.3º Celsius, seven degrees below normal.
However, the minimum temperature was 0.5º Celsius, one degree above normal.
Upper reaches in the Kashmir valley had one feet to three feet fresh snowfall since yesterday while Srinagar, too had season’s first snowfall disrupting life.
The ski slopes at Gulmarg had turned white under two feet of fresh snowfall. About two and a half feet of snowfall was recorded at Affarwat, Kongdori and Khilanmarg.
Reports of heavy snowfall were also received from Amarnath cave and its periphery, Pissu top, Mahaguns, Sheshnag and Panjtherni.
About two feet of snowfall was experienced at Pahalgam.
A report from Baramula said heavy snowfall was experienced at Sadhna top, Keran, Karnah, Machil and other high altitude areas of north Kashmir.
A number of roads to far-flung and remote areas have been closed due to snowfall. However, efforts are being made to reopen these, it said.
The snowfall has closed the routes being used by Pakistan trained militants to infiltrate into this side from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Authorities have decided not to lower the guard as more than 1500 militants are waiting across the border to sneak into the Kashmir valley, sources said.
The state authorities decided to allow only one-way traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu road after snowfall and landslides.
Also, the body of a Kashmiri teacher, who was buried under a snow avalanche at Zero point on the Srinagar-Leh road on November 25, could not be recovered because of more than one feet of snowfall and bad weather.
A UNI report from Dras, the world’s second coldest place after Siberia, said it was snowing there since today morning disrupting life as one feet of snow had gathered on roads, roof tops, trees and electric poles.
About three to four feet of snowfall was also recorded at Toluling, Mushkoo valley, Tiger hills and Kaksar.
About three inches of snow was recorded at Kargil, the report said. The state administration has decided to advance the winter vacations and close all schools from December 6 instead of December 15 in the Kashmir valley because of cold.
The rescue teams, searching the body of a Kashmiri teacher who was buried under a snow avalanche at Zero point on the Srinagar-Leh road returned last evening without success.
The rescue operation could not be resumed today because of snowfall and bad weather. It was also snowing at Zojila, Gumri, Shantan Nullah and Zero point on the highway, which has been closed for six winter months on November 15.
However, a dozen vehicles are stranded on the highway at different places because of the snowfall.
People at Kargil today protested against the Indian Airlines (IA) for refusing to allot seats in the Leh flight.
A resident Ghulam Mohammad told UNI over phone that 10 seats were being reserved for the residents of Kargil in Leh flights by the IA authorities for the past one decade. However, the IA office at Leh has now refused to reserve seats for them. About 30 residents of Kargil also protested in Srinagar against the authorities failure to airlift them to Kargil.
Season’s first snowfall, coupled with power failure and shortage of essential commodities has thrown life out of gear here in the summer capital.
Majority of roads in the city were submerged under water because of faulty drainage system, making the movement difficult.
Reports of protest against the power failure have also been received from different parts of the valley. Power supply remained affected the Civil Lines and Moulana Azad road areas. — UNI