Air traffic restored, highway shut for second day

6 more houses damaged by snowfall, Jammu to Srinagar traffic on Friday

SRINAGAR: The Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the second day Thursday, while the airlines resumed operations, even as fresh snowfall was reported from many area of the Valley on today.

Official sources said that 300-km long Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for vehicular traffic for the second day today due to landslides at many places and fresh snowfall around Banihal Tunnel. Over 300 vehicles stranded at the highway were cleared by the officials after the Beacon authorities pushed men and machinery into service to make the road motorable, they said.

“No vehicle was allowed to ply on the highway because of the fresh snowfall. However, 300 vehicles stranded on the highway were cleared. The highway will be thrown open for vehicular traffic depending on the weather conditions,” a senior official of Traffic Police said.

If weather stays clear and road conditions remain favorable, traffic will be allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar, he added.

The air traffic, however, was restored today after the visibility improved and the snow was cleared from the runway of Srinagar airport.

Officials said that twelve families were evacuated from avalanche prone areas of Kulgam District. Eight families comprising of 42 persons were shifted from avalanche prone areas of Kralaw in the jurisdiction of Police Post Kund Qazigund to safer place at Mirasi Nalah of Qazigund. Four more families were also evacuated from Waltengonar to Wasenag Kulgam, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Qazigund Kulgam.

A police spokesman said that six residential houses were damaged due to heavy snowfall in Anantnag and Ganderbal districts.

The houses that suffered damages in Anantnag district belonged to Ghulam Rasool Wani. son of Mohammad Rafiq Wani resident of Adigam,  Mushtaq Ahmad Lone son of Ghulam Nabi resident of Nowbug, Ghulam Nabi Bhat of Chandanwadan, Uttersoo, Rafiqa, wife of Ghulam Rasool Lone and Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh son of Abdul Gani resident of Khurshroi Kalan,

A house belonging to Abdur Rahim Bhat, son of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat of Madpora, Gund in central Kashmir’s Budgam district was also damaged due to snowfall.

On January 22, three people, including siblings were injured as five residential houses collapsed in several area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag due to heavy snowfall.

Meanwhile, an official of the MeT department said that Srinagar recorded fresh snowfall of 26.2mm (depth 10 cm), Qazigund 50.4mm (depth 20 cm), Pahalgam 66.6mm (depth 30 cm), Kokernag 44.6mm (depth 14cm) Gulmarg 11.7mm (depth 14cm). Kupwara district received rains. The minimum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at Srinagar minus 1.3, while Gulmarg, recorded the minimum temperature of minus 8.0 degree Celsius.

“Snow/rain will occur at isolated places across Jammu and Kashmir,” the official added. 

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