More Snow, Avalanches Expected: MeT

Srinagar: Divisional Administration Kashmir Wednesday issued a high danger avalanche warning valid from January 25 to January 26, 2017 for avalanche-prone areas in the Division.

“High danger avalanche warning valid for next 24-hours from January 25 to January 26, 2017 (1700 hrs) exists for avalanche prone slopes above 2800 meter attitude in Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, and Budgam districts” a statement of the Divisional Administration said.

The Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil have been asked to advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas and to keep clearing snow depositions from roof tops of their houses to avoid damages.

The statement also said that higher reaches of Kashmir, Ladakh and hilly areas of Jammu are likely to receive heavy snowfall during the period.

“This may lead to closure of National Highway and disruption of surface and air transport. Further, movement in snowbound hilly and sloppy areas is not advisable during next 28 to 72 hours,” the statement said.

“Moderate to heavy rain/snow is predicted at widespread places of the State during the next 24 hours.”

Accordingly, Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts.

Meanwhile, the regional Meteorological department on Wedensday warned that vulnerability of avalanches at higher reaches will increase as more snowfall in next 24 hours is expected.

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus while talking to KNS said that next 24 hour will be “crucial” as more snowfall is expected; particularly at higher reaches of Kashmir.

He said, “the vulnerability of avalanches will increase more as we are expecting more snow for next 24 hours in Kashmir.”

Sonam Lotus said that people who are living at higher reaches like Gurez, Keran, Machil, Uri and Sonamarg need to vigilant.

“People from higher areas need to vigilant and better to remain indoors and safe places,” Sonam Lotus said.

The divisional administration of Kashmir, has appealed people not to worry and take safety measures.

The District headquarters have asked to take all precautionary measures for the safety of people.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, and Kupwara, have setup control rooms and asked people to contact in need.

Islamabad: 01932228701, 9797880880 for the convenience of the people regarding snow clearance. As for any other help, people were asked to contact on 9419047052 and 9596422239.

DC Kupwara, Gh Mohammed Dar, said that in case of any emergency contact district administration of Control Room no: 01955-252280, 253335, 9596472005, PCR Kupwara and Handwara on 01955-252451 and 01955-262295.

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