Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rain, snowfall in Jamm Kashmir, Srinagar-Jammu highway closed


Rain, snowfall in Jamm Kashmir, Srinagar-Jammu highway closed
Jammu & Kashmir Desk

SRINAGAR: In Kashmir, heavy rains in plains and snowfall in upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley have resulted in severe cold forcing people to again wear woollen and warm clothes, reports KMS.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed due to landslides triggered by heavy rains at several places. Following the closure of the highway, hundreds of passenger vehicles and load carriers were stranded at Udhampur Qazigund, Lower Munda and other places.

The landslides blocked the road on at least four places including Sheeri, Panithal and Digdol.

Meanwhile, Coordinator Disaster Management Cell in Kashmir, Aamir Ali said, medium danger avalanche could occur in higher reaches of Gurez, Baruab, Chakwali, Kanzalwan, Niru, Razdan Pass, Gugladara, Keran, Machil, Chowkibal, Tangdar and higher reaches of Gulmarg and Khilanmarg. “Low danger avalanche warning exists for peaks of Drass and Kargil,” he said.

People living in the higher reaches of these areas have been advised to curtail their movement during snowfall and not to venture into avalanche-prone areas.

An earlier report had said that at least five people including a woman were killed and seven others were injured in two different road accidents. The tragic accident took place when a truck collided with a tempo near Bagla, Tatapani, on the Jammu-Rajouri highway.

As a result four people were killed. A labourer was killed and two others were injured in other road accidents at Batergam, Kupwara and Ganiepora Mattan.

Gurez, Baruab, Chakwali, Kanzalwan, Niru, Razdan Pass, Gugladara, Keran, Machil, Chowkibal, Tangdar

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