• Weather to improve from today
• Another spell of low intensity snowfall from Jan 17 to 18
• Flight operations hit at Srinagar airport
• 2 avalanches in Ganderbal
• Sgr-Jmu highway closed for second day
Kashmir received heavy snowfall on Monday with north Kashmir receiving the highest snowfall, cutting off the Valley from the rest of the country as road and air links remained suspended.
Director Meteorological Department, Kashmir, Sonam Lotus said north Kashmir received highest snowfall while south Kashmir areas received low intensity snowfall.
“We are expecting the weather to improve from Tuesday. We also expect another spell of low intensity snowfall from January 17 to 18,” he said.
The official said Jammu region received high-intensity rainfall.
Officials said Pahalgam received 36 cm snow, Gulmarg 19 cm, Kupwara 14 cm, and Srinagar and Banihal received 3 cm snow.
Monday’s snowfall was second snowfall of Chilai Kalan.
Flight operations at the Srinagar International Airport were suspended following bad weather.
Director Srinagar Airport, Sontosh Dhoke said all the 25 flights were cancelled due to poor visibility for the second consecutive day fallowing bad weather conditions.
“If weather improves, there are chances of flight operations on Tuesday,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for the second consecutive day following inclement weather conditions.
A senior traffic official said fresh snow and rains triggered fresh landslides at Digdol, Mompachi, Battery Chashma, and several other places along the highway.
“In Banihal, fresh snow has accumulated on the highway. There is slippery condition due to which traffic has been closed for movement,” he said.
The official said snow clearance measures have been put in place to restore the highway.
“Man and machinery has been put in place. We have cleared the stranded vehicles on the highway,” he said.
The official said no fresh vehicle would be allowed to ply on the highway on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Mughal Road, Tangdar-Teeetwal, Kupwara-Karnah remained closed due to the snowfall.
As per the officials, a massive avalanche hit a residential house in Gund area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
A Police official said six family members living in the house were rescued.
They have received minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Another avalanche occurred at Rezan area of Ganderbal and one person is reportedly missing.
The snowfall affected normal life in the Valley and authorities at several places, especially in north Kashmir were caught napping and failed to clear snow from main roads.
The snowfall also hit the electricity in many areas of Kashmir with north Kashmir including Bramulla, Kupwara, Handwara and Budgam in central Kashmir remaining the worst hit.
Bilal Ahmad of Kandi Baramulla said the authorities failed to clear major roads in north Kashmir until Monday evening, leaving people to suffer.
The resident said patients especially children, faced trouble to reach hospitals and back home as major link roads were not cleared after the snowfall.
Meanwhile, due to snow, many areas in Srinagar witnessed water-logging, causing inconvenience to the pedestrians.
Two girls trapped in avalanche debris rescued by locals in Uri: Officials
Srinagar, Jan 13: Two teenage girls trapped in avalanche debris in Baramulla were rescued on Monday by locals, officials said.
Shagufta, 18, and Meema, 15, were trapped under a heap of snow following an avalanche which struck Dudran in Uri area of Baramulla, the officials said.
They said the local residents dug up the debris and rescued the two girls.
41 trekkers rescued in Ladakh
Chadar trek suspended for 2 days
Jammu, Jan 12: Forty-one trekkers undertaking the Chadar trek were rescued after water overflowed over ice on the Zanskar river in Leh, a senior official said.
The official also announced a temporary suspension of Chadak Trek for the next two days due to inclement weather.
The Chadar trek or the Zanskar gorge is a winter trail in the Zanskar. Traditionally the only means of travel in the area during the harsh winter months, the trail has become popular with adventure tourists.
"The trekkers who were stuck between Tibb and Neyraks camps due to overflowing of water over ice have been rescued and temporarily accommodated at Neraks village," Leh District Magistrate Sachin Kumar Vaishya said.
"All of them are safe and all necessary arrangements for their safety, security and evacuation have been put in place by the district administration," he said.
In view of the inclement weather conditions, he said Chadar trek has temporarily been suspended for two days from Monday.
"The decision for the opening of Chadar trek shall be taken only after field assessment," the officer said.