Ladakh-Kashmir road link closed due to heavy snowfall

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Srinagar:- People in Kupwara also woke up to a cloudy morning which was followed by rain and it recorded highest drop of 10 degree Celsius in day temperature. The traditional Kashmiri “pheran” was worn by locals in the countryside today. “It is like “Chillai Kalan”. During this period, most water bodies in the Valley get frozen.

The weatherman has already issued an advisory, warning moderate to heavy rains and fresh snowfall over the higher reaches during the next three more days (till October 27) in the state. A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that there could be widespread rain in the Kashmir valley and Jammu region while fairly widespread in Ladakh region during the next 24 hours. “Gulmarg received season’s first snowfall last evening”.

Snowfall was witnessed in higher reaches of Shopian including Mughal Road, Sonamarg, Amarnath Cave, Z-Gali, Sadhna Top and Razdaan Pass, they said. Due to snowfall, all mountain pass roads connecting the Valley to the Ladakh region, Rajouri district in Jammu region, Gurez valley and Tangdhar border town have been closed. “The weather condition may trigger landslide and blockade of road in vulnerable areas of the state particularly along Srinagar-Jammu, Srinagar-Leh, and Leh-Manali road”, he said.

The maximum temperature at the famed ski resort yesterday was 6.7 degree, more than six notches below normal due to snowfall and icy cold winds. “Landslides were triggered by heavy rain in Ramsoo sector of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway during the night, causing closure of the road”, a senior traffic department official told IANS here 

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