Record snowfall cuts off Kashmir Valley, avalanche warning issued

Srinagar: Record snowfall at various places in the Kashmir Valley continued to cut it off from the outside world for the fourth consecutive day even as the Met office forecast improvement on Friday.

The snowfall in Pahalgam, Gulmarg and here has broken its previous records of 2006 and 1992, an official of the Met office said.

“We are now expecting improvement in the weather from Friday onwards,” the official added as both surface and air links to the valley remained suspended.

No vehicular movement would be allowed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway until a review on Friday afternoon, a traffic department official said.

“There was just 200-metre visibility at the Srinagar International Airport in the morning. A decision on resumption of flight operations will be taken as the visibility improves during the day,” an airport official here said.

The minimum temperature here was minus 0.8 degree Celsius. “There has been 10.5 mm of rain and two cm of snow in Srinagar since Thursday,” the Met official added.

Pahalgam was at minus 2.2 degree Celsius and it received 36.6 mm of rain and 23 cm of snow during the same period, while Gulmarg at minus four degree Celsius, recorded 40.2 mm of rain and 41 cm of snow.

Jammu city at 8.3 degrees Celsius had 28.4 mm of rain on Friday, the weather office said.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 7.5 in Katra, zero degree Celsius in Bannihal, 0.1 in Batote, and minus 0.1 in Bhaderwah.

Following the mechanical removal of snow carried out at various places roads linking Srinagar to other district headquarters started functioning on Friday.

Power supply, however, remained erratic throughout the valley as consumers complained of power cuts for most parts of the day.



21 People Die In Cold Weather Across The Country

Provinces hit by severe weather include Kandahar, Ghazni, Paktia, Ghor, Zabul, Baghlan, Nangarhar, Kunar, Kapisa, Parwan, Herat, Laghman, Bamian and Panjsher.

At least 21 people have died in the past few weeks due to the cold weather and heavy snowfalls in parts of the country, officials said.

The Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) on Saturday said in a statement that the bad weather has claimed the lives of at least 21 people in 15 provinces and a further 16 have had to receive medical treatment.

Provinces hit by severe weather recently include Kandahar, Ghazni, Paktia, Ghor, Zabul, Baghlan, Nangarhar, Kunar, Kapisa, Nuristan, Parwan, Herat, Laghman, Bamiyan and Panjsher, read the statement.

As a result of heavy snow and rainfall 21 houses were completely destroyed and 59 others damaged, ANDMA said.

Currently main roads in the northern and central provinces are closed due to heavy snowfall.




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