It has been snowing continuously in Kashmir valley, severely disrupting normal life. No flight could land or take off from Srinagar airport since yesterday. None of the 27 flights scheduled to arrive in Srinagar yesterday could land at the airport. Officials say due to continuous snowfall there are no chances of resumption of air traffic today as well.
Heavy snowfall has also hit road traffic. The Jammu-Srinagar highway is once again closed for last two days. Due to frequent snowfall and landslides, the highway, which is the only road link that connects the Valley with the rest of country, has often been closed in the last one month, hitting supply of essential commodities in Kashmir valley.
Hundreds of vehicles were also stranded on the Baramulla-Srinagar road overnight and thousands of commuters had to spend most of parts of the night on the road.
Second day without any air connectivity either. As pretty as the snow looks in photographs & as necessary as it is for water in the summer it really does make life hellish when it comes down this heavily. https://t.co/j0x5fijuwK— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 7, 2019
The traffic control department said the arterial Srinagar-Jammu road had to be closed for traffic following heavy snowfall and rains, which triggered landslides at several places.
"No vehicles are being allowed on the highway due to landslides caused by rain and snowfall," the official told news agency PTI.
Electric supply was interrupted in many parts of the valley, especially in north Kashmir. "Power supply is normal in Srinagar city. There have been problems in Bandipora, Ganderbal and other areas due to hiccups in 33 KV transmission lines, but the problem is being addressed. The staff has been at it even in the midst of heavy snowing," said Qazi Hashmat, the chief engineer, maintenance and rural electrification.
Kashmir is witnessing a fresh spell of wet weather with higher reaches receiving heavy snowfall and plains lashed by rain and snow.
(With inputs from ANI & PTI)