Srinagar, Mar 16: The Meteorological department here has predicted moderate to heavy rains and snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.
A MeT official said moderate to heavy rains and snowfall might occur at most of the places across the State during the next 24 hours.
“A fresh Western Disturbance over J&K and its adjoining areas is likely to affect the state till March 18. Under the influence of this weather system, moderate to heavy rains or snow would occur at many places on March 17 and 18,” he said, adding, “A few places in Ladakh region particularly Zojila, Drass and Kargil might also receive snowfall.”
In view of the weather predictions received from the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora has informed
people living in hilly areas of the district to remain cautious. “In case of any emergency, the people can call for assistance on phone No 01957-226099,” he said.
21 FAMILIES EVACUATED IN URI
Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla Dr. Farooq Ahmed Lone visited the Ladi Angan, Banali Boniyar, Bandi and Jal Sheeri areas of Uri in Baramulla district and took stock of the evacuation of the people in these landslide hit areas.
“During the evacuation, 21 families were shifted to safe places including Government quarters and school buildings,” an official spokesman said.
The Deputy Commissioner directed the concerned officers to provide all assistance to the affected families. He also directed the local officers of police, revenue, health and other engineering wings to keep a close watch on the situation in these areas.
Karnah, Keran, Machil and some other hilly areas of north Kashmir’s frontier district of Kupwara remained cut-off for the sixth day today due to heavy snowfall in high altitudes like Sadhana Pass, Farkyan Top, and Z-Gali—the entry points to these areas.
In wake of the threat of snow avalanches and landslides, officials said Beacon authorities were not able to clear the snow from the 80-km Kupwara-Tangdhar road and open it for vehicular movement, leaving thousands of residents of bordering Karnah confined to their houses.
Similarly Kupwara-Keran and Kupwara-Machil, Batpora -Kanibagh and Batpora-Trumbnard roads in Haihama area are also closed for the past six days due to accumulation of snow.
Most of the interior areas in district Anantnag (Islamabad), Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian are reportedly still reeling under darkness.
“Transformers in various localities have reportedly developed snags and have been sent for repairing,” said an official.
Some of the interior link roads are reportedly covered with the snow.
Muneer Ahmad Khan, IG Traffic, said traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway plied smoothly on Sunday. “Around 5500 vehicles crossed the tunnel today while more vehicles are expected to cross,” he told Greater Kashmir.
He said traffic would ply from Srinagar to Jammu on Monday in case of fair weather