Snowfall: Over 700 persons evacuated from Jawahar Tunnel


Following the snowfall in Kashmir valley, Jammu and Kashmir Police Traffic Police on Sunday evacuated about 700 civilians from Jawhar Tunnel and Sonmarg who were stranded due to inclement weather and snowfall.  Besides over 1000 civilians were provided food and shelter in Banihal by Police and civil administration.

In the aftermath of snowfall, J& K police have deployed rescue teams across all affected areas of the state.

A traffic policeman posing with a group of tourists on November 4, 2018, PIc: Deptt of Kashmir Tourism

In last 24 hours, police in Kulgam rescued 700 stranded passengers from Jawahar Tunnel. 300 individuals were taken to Qazigund, 300 to Banihal and 100 to the CRPF establishments where they were provided all required assistance. Moreover, 600 were rescued from Banihal area who were accommodated at Nowgam and Gund area of Banihal where they were provided food, shelter, and accommodation for a night stay with the active support of the civil administration.

At Ganderbal, a stranded Tempo vehicle in which 26 passengers were boarded was rescued and shifted to safer places.

Snow cutter removing the snow from the Mughal road. KL Image by Sheikh Hilal

Moreover, the police are on job to rescue two truck drivers namely Shamsher Singh and Ajit Singh who are trapped at Zero Point India Gate near Drass.

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