Avalanche Warning Issued for Higher Reaches

SRINAGAR: The northern districts of Valley experienced fresh snowfall after which Divisional Disaster Management Authority Kashmir issued a medium-danger avalanche warning for avalanche prone areas of Chowkibal, Tangdhar, Keran, MachIl, Gurez, Tuleil, Sonamarg, Drass and higher reaches of Gulmarg and Uri sectors on the basis of information from SASE.

People living in higher reaches of these areas have been advised not to venture in avalanche prone areas, during the next 24 hours. People living in these snow bound areas have been advised to keep cleaning the snow from roof top of their houses to avoid any causality due to roof collapse.

According to Coordinator Disaster Management Authority Fresh snowfall of 7 to 8 inches was recorded in tourist resort of Gulmarg. Snow clearance operation was started in the night by Chief Engineer Mechanical Engineering Deptt. 

Gulmarg-Tangmarg road was cleared for movement of traffic. Inner roads of Gulmarg, hotel links and parking areas were also cleared. Tangmarg recorded 2’’ to 3’’ of snow. Tangmarg- Narbal stretch of road was cleared by MED upto Drooru.

Tangmarg- Babareshi and Tangmarg-Pattan roads were also cleared. 

Rafiabad recorded 5’’ to 9’’. Baramulla-Tragpora-Shatloo-Rohama-Panzla roads were cleared of snow. Panzla-Shalkote and Panzla-Ladoo roads were under clearance till last reports came in. 

Higher reaches of Baramulla Kandi and Sheeri recorded 4’’ to 7’’. Snow clearance on Baramulla-Baba Reshi road and Sheeri-Malpora-Dangarpora road was in progress.

Gurez experienced fresh snowfall of 20’ to 24 inches. 

The snow clearance operation was in progress, despite continuous snowfall. 

Kupwara and Handwara got 2’’ to 3’’, Lolab, Khurhama,Vilgam, Kralpora experienced 5’’ to 7’’. Roads from Kupwara to Vavoora, Kupwara-Handwara and Magam were cleared with snow clearance machines. Work on Vavoora-Khurhaama, Vavoora-Sogam and Magam-Vilgam-Kralpora-Dadriyal was in progress. 

Kullen Rezan in Ganderbal District got 8’’ to 9’’, Sonmarg around 15 inches, Kullen Rezan road was cleared and clearance was under progress on Sumbal Ganiwan road. The Srinagar-Jammu NHW was open for one way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar. 

Meanwhile 15 flights operated normally from Srinagar International Airport with no cancellations on Friday.

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