Major snowfall disrupts life across Kashmir


Widespread snowfall across Kashmir on Wednesday disrupted normal life as flight operations, surface transport and routine activities of life came to a grinding halt in Kashmir. It has been continuously snowing in the entire Valley since early morning and around 5 inches of snow has accumulated on the ground in Srinagar city.

For the over 1.2 million residents of Srinagar city, Wednesday’s is the first major snowfall of this winter. Flight operations from Srinagar International Airport have been delayed as visibility at the run-way has dropped to less than 500 metres.

Train services from Banihal to Baramulla have been suspended for the day while multiple land-slides at different places have blocked the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

All professional and other exams scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed by Kashmir Uni-versity.

In most places in Srinagar city and the rural ar-eas, electricity remained adversely affected due to the snowfall as the authorities said both road clear-ance and electricity restoration was going on at ‘war footing’. Helpline numbers were set up by the divisional administration to attend to emergencies across the Valley as people were advised to contact the ad-ministration on these numbers during any emer-gency.—GK


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