Avalanche Warning Issued In 9 Districts 

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SRINAGAR — Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, on Friday issued an avalanche warning for nine districts of Kashmir division in view of the inclement weather and snowfall.

The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas in district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.

As per a handout, the Divisional Commissioner has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out during the snowfall.

Besides, they have been directed to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to deal with any untoward incident.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that control rooms have been set up in every district and all concerned departments have been asked to ensure facilities are provided uninterrupted to people across the Valley.

He said that concerned Deputy Commissioners has been asked to ensure that the action plan for restoration of basic services and supplies is implemented in synergy and coordination with all the line departments on real time basis for which control rooms at the district and sub district headquarters be kept functional 24×7.

He said district administration has kept men and machinery ready to meet any eventuality on account of inclement weather. He said that adequate number of snow clearance machines and bulldozers have been deployed at specific locations across the division besides water supply tankers.

Regarding power, he said that PDD has said that this time minimal disruption in power supply is expected due to snowfall.  “The major disruption in power supply due to snow fall of November 3 and 4 was mainly because of foliage on trees. Moreover, adequate buffer stock of transformers is available in all districts” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Dr Owais Ahmed issued an advisory asking people not to walk or play over the frozen parts of water bodies as it can prove dangerous.

The advisory has been issued as several water bodies in the district have frozen due to sub-zero temperature. He said it is dangerous and potentially life-threatening to walk/play on these partially or fully frozen water bodies, so it is requested to take note and desist from any such action.

Meanwhile, in view of the inclement weather conditions, district Administration Shopian has set up winter control room for the benefit of the general public comprising Additional Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Tehsildar Shopian, Executive Officer Municipal Committee, and officials from R&B, PHE, Mechanical Engineering and PDD Departments.

In case of any exigency General public can contact the control room on the Contact No’s   01933- 260984, 01933- 260987, ADC on 9419027001, ACR on 9419128895, Tehsildar Shopian on 9906113873, Tehsildar Keller on 7006599504, Executive Officer Municipal Committee on 9419027348.

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