Jammu-Srinagar road link snapped by heavy snowfall | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Several high-altitude areas of Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand received heavy snowfall on Monday that affected normal life and forced closure of the key Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
In Kashmir, authorities issued an avalanche warning for four districts as the higher reaches of the Union territory received moderate to heavy snowfall. The warning has been issued in Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla districts of north Kashmir, and Ganderbal in central Kashmir, officials said.
In Uttarakhand, the Upper Himalayan areas received the season’s first heavy snowfall, intensifying cold conditions across the state. Snowfall began at all places in the upper Himalayan areas including Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Auli and Harsil on Sunday night and continued till Monday morning, wrapping them in thick, white sheets of snow, according to officials.
People in several parts of Himachal, too, on Monday woke up to a white blanket of snow while Shimla and Manali witnessed the season’s first snowfall.
In J&K, a team of the Army and police jointly rescued 10 people, including two women and a child, trapped in the snowfall at the high-altitude Sinthan pass in Kishtwar district.
Defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said the rescue teams acted swiftly upon receiving information about the stranded group. The teams walked for five hours along NH-244 in zero visibility conditions during the night and “brought back the stranded to Sinthan ground where they were provided with food and shelter”.

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