Snow in J&K: Roads closed, flights cancelled

Srinagar: Fresh snowfall in the Kashmir Valley and rains in plains of Jammu on Thursday adversely affected life across the state with people forced to stay indoors without electricity at many places, road links snapped and flight operation disrupted.
Most people in Srinagar city and other places preferred to remain indoors.
Fresh snowfall started early in the day in the city here as it recorded 0.5 degrees Celsius. Heavy spells were reported from the hills. Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 0.6 and minus 4 degrees, respectively.
The strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for a second consecutive day due to the fresh snowfall in Bannihal sector and landslides in Ramsoo-Ramban.
The one-way traffic from Srinagar to Jammu that was allowed on Wednesday, was halted. Prices of essentials like vegetables, mutton and poultry products, have skyrocketed in the landlocked Kashmir Valley due to severing of road links.
Flight operations, too, were suspended at the Srinagar airport due to poor visibility amid heavy snow-fall. “All flights to and from Srinagar were cancelled on Wednesday.
“No flight could land or take off from the airport today morning,” an official at the Srinagar International Airport said. Flight operations will start only after visibility improves, he said, adding that snow clearance on the runway was hampered by the continued snowfall. — IANS