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Kashmir remains cut off for 2nd day as heavy snowfall disrupts flight services, closes highway

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Heavy snowfall Thursday threw normal life out of gearin due to disruption in essential services as the valley remained cut off for the second consecutive day as the Srinagar-National Highway remained closed and were cancelled at the airport here.

Continuous snowfall in over the past 24 hours has resulted disruption of essential services in most of the districts in the valley with supply infrastructure suffering severe damage, officials said.

"We are on the job to restore the damaged infrastructure but the quantum of damage is very large and it will take some time to restore back to normal," an of the divisional administration said.

The snowfall, which ranged between six inches in to nearly three feet in some areas of South Kashmir, has blocked many roads within the valley, the said.

He said snow clearance operations were started before dawn and all vital routes were cleared by the time people ventured out for daily activities.

"However, the snowfall has been continuous and I'm some areas we have had to repeat the snow clearance exercise," he added.

was abuzz with videos depicting the difficulty faced by people due to snowfall. A video from Adoora village in Baramulla in which a pregnant woman is being carried to a hospital on a make-shift stretcher through knee-deep snow, has gone viral.

Many videos of cars slipping on the roads in the city have also been widely shared as the residents accused the administration of being unprepared even after MeT department forecast of heavy snowfall from 5-7 February.

Meanwhile, remained cut off from rest of the world for the second consecutive day on Thursday due to heavy snowfall across the valley.

"Due to bad weather and heavy snowfall at Airport, all flights were cancelled for today," an of the of said.

No flights were able to operate to and from airport on Wednesday due to snowfall.

The traffic control department said the arterial Srinagar-road remained closed for the second day due to accumulation of snow around and landslides at several places in

"The traffic has been suspended on the highway due to piling on snow on either side of the tunnel and also landslides triggered by rains at several places, " the said.

A fresh avalanche has struck near on the valley side, blocking it's north portal, the official said.

He said a decision on resuming traffic will be taken only after snow and debrisof landslides is cleared and the weather improves.

Meanwhile, authorities have issued an avalanche warning of varying danger levels for 16 of the 22 districts of and Kashmir for the next 24 hours.

The Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment (SASE) issued high danger avalanche warning for Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Kupwara districts in the valley while medium danger warning was issued for Poonch, Rajouri,Ramban, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar, Udhampur and Leh districts.

A low danger warning was issued for

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 19:15 IST