Snowfall throws life out of gear in Valley

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Srinagar

The fresh spell of snowfall has thrown life out of gear in whole Kashmir valley on Thursday.

A man walks amid snowfall in Srinagar

Officials said that 3 cm of snow was recorded in Srinagar and it was still snowing when the reports last came in.

Twenty-centimetre snow has been recorded in Banihal, 28 cm in Kokernag, 17 cm in Pahalgam, said an official.

Similar reports of light to heavy snowfall were reported from all the major district headquarters of the valley.

Reports said the authorities have failed to clear snow from the roads and electricity supply was interrupted in many parts of the valley, especially north Kashmir areas.

Due to the slippery road conditions transport in most parts of Kashmir remained off the roads and people had to face immense hardships.

Meanwhile, the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for a second consecutive day due to the fresh snowfall in the Bannihal sector and landslides in Ramsoo-Ramban.

The air traffic to and fro Srinagar International Airport also remained suspended for the second day due to continuous snowfall and poor visibility.

An official from the meteorological department said a western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir is likely to weaken after 24 hours on Friday.

“As the western disturbance persists, widespread snowfall and rain is expected today though there should be signs of improvement later in the evening,” said an official.

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