Kashmir cut off due to snowfall, air traffic affected

Srinagar, December 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, five Indian soldiers went missing after two avalanches hit Indian army camps in Gurez area of Bandipora and Nowgam in Kupwara on Tuesday.

The upper reaches of Gurez and Tulail have received heavy snow since Sunday evening while Gurez is considered as one of the most avalanche-prone areas of occupied Kashmir. Since Sunday night, the area has had snowfall reaching almost 5 feet.

Earlier in January this year, 10 Indian soldiers were killed due to avalanche in Gurez near Line of Control in Bandipora district.

On the other hand, Srinagar turned into white heaven on Tuesday after recording first snowfall of the season. Rooftops and trees had turned white as people woke up in the city on Tuesday morning. The open fields, parks and roads were also under white blanket.

Pertinently, Director Meteorological (MeT) Department, Sonum Lotus has said that the Valley would receive more rains and snow in plains and higher reaches respectively for next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the only road linking the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the world, remained closed for the second day on Tuesday due to heavy snowfall while flight operations at Srinagar airport were suspended.

Traffic on the 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, also remained suspended due to snowfall while the highway linking Ladakh region with Kashmir has been closed for winter months.

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