Authorities brace up for more snow
SRINAGAR: Mild snowfall continued for the third consecutive day on Wednesday as meteorological department predicted more snowfall at scattered places across the Valley.
“Snowfall or rains will occur at a few places,” said an official at the department.
He said Srinagar received 9cm snow but saw some respite from intense cold.
The Srinagar-Jammu highway, which was closed due to snowfall, was thrown open for one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar.
A traffic official said that only one way movement of traffic was feasible on the highway.
“Under this plan, heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) including convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF (excluding trailers/ multi-axle vehicles) shall be allowed from Nagrota, Jammu from 0700 hours up to 1100 hours and at Udhampur up to 1300 hours only,” he said.
Similarly, movement of all types of light motor vehicles and passenger vehicles and oil tankers shall be shall be allowed from Jammu’s Nagrota from 0600 hours up to 1300 hours and at Udhampur up to 1430 hours only.
“No movement of vehicles including that of convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu side on Thursday under any circumstances,” he said.
After facing disruption due to bad weather in the morning, air traffic was resumed later in the day.
Police said it launched a rescue operation in Waltengoo Nad area of Kulgam and rescued 80 persons including 33 children.
“In view of the heavy snowfall and apprehension of snow avalanche in Waltengoo Nad area of Kund Devsar, a rescue team supervised by SDPO Khalid and SHO Qazigund rushed to the spot. During the rescue operation more than 80 persons including 33 children were rescued after strenuous efforts,” an official handout said. They were evacuated to Governmentt Middle School Naubugh and arrangements like meals, bedding and heating were made by district administration, it added.
Moreover, two children namely Riyaz Ahmad son of Abdul Rashid Deedad and Naseema daughter of Abdul Rashid Deedad resident of Waltengoo Nad who were suffering from hepatitis have been shifted to hospital for treatment, police said.
Meanwhile Divisional Administration today issued a weather advisory according to which Western Disturbance is likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir from Monday.
“A fresh weather system (Western Disturbance) over J&K is likely to affect the State from 22 January afternoon to 26 January. Under the influence of this system moderate rain/snow is expected in most places of J&K region,” a statement of the Divisional administration said.