Srinagar, November 08, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, seven people were killed as 16 hours of incessant snowfall paralysed life in the Kashmir valley. This season’s first heavy snowfall started on Wednesday night and continued all day on Thursday. It triggered avalanches at many places in the valley and turned the narrow tracks on the hill slopes dangerously slippery.
Traffic on all major highways connecting the Kashmir Valley to the rest of the world including the Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the Srinagar-Poonch Highway and the Srinagar-Kargil Highway, was completely disrupted. Around 2,000 vehicles were left stranded on these highways, officials said.
No flight was able to land or take off from the Srinagar airport due to accumulation of snow on the runway, and low visibility. Srinagar city saw major traffic gridlocks due to snow accumulation and slippery roads. The city recorded over one-feet of snowfall and the upper reaches of Kupwara, Shopian, Ganderbal and Baramulla recorded 3-4 ft of snowfall.
Two porters of Indian Army were swept by snow avalanches on Wednesday night in Kupwara district. Their bodies were recovered on Thursday. Two Indian soldiers were also killed when their vehicle met with an accident in Langate area of Kupwara district due to poor visibility.
One employee of the Power Development Department was killed after he fell from an electricity pole during snowfall in Hazratbal area of Srinagar. Another civilian died after being hit by a tree branch in Habak area of the city. One more civilian died in Lasipora area of Pulwama when he was clearing snow from a roof and slipped to the ground.
On the other hand, snowfall has inflicted major damage to electricity lines resulting in complete black out of electricity across the valley. Kashmir University and the Islamic University of Science and Technology have postponed their examination schedules for Friday.
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