Many isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir are experiencing heavy rain. Heavy snowfall has already started in both, plain and hilly areas. According to a fresh prediction of IMD, heavy snowfall starting from 7th January is expected to go on till 9th January across Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh UT.
Once the heavy snowfall was seen, considering the intensity of the situation the weatherman issued a red alert across Jammu and Kashmir for everyone’s safety that the snow and rain will increase coming forward.
This was said by a statement issued by MET, “Expect further increase in rain/snow intensity as the day progresses with the main intensity of heavy to Very heavy rain/snow during 7th (night) and January 8th,” It also mentioned, “There would be a gradual improvement from January 9th Morning onwards in J&K. It reads more. The Met has also issued a red alert across UT.
Also, the weather is so ferocious that avalanches are expected soon.
The MeT official said that the weather system might affect surface and air transportation, mainly on Saturday. “It may cause an avalanche/landslide in vulnerable spots.”
Hence, the MET has also issued an avalanche warning in all the upper areas of Kashmir valley, especially in north Kashmir.
People were requested by the administration to not visit the avalanche-prone areas. They are also strictly advised to follow traffic advisory and keep their room properly ventilated.
Besides all national highways connecting Kashmir to the rest of India are closed for vehicular traffic including main access Jammu and Kashmir national highway.
All the national highways that connect Kashmir to the rest of India are closed to traffic. The main access Jammu and Kashmir National Highway is also closed. This was a forced closure as heavy snow accumulated on almost all of the highways. These places were also experiencing Landslides, therefore the administration had to stop the traffic.
It has been brought to the notice that hundreds of people including many tourists are stuck. The administration of Jammu and Kashmir is trying its best to provide help. However, beacon and travel officials have been dedicatedly out on work to clear the highway of the snow.
According to a traffic official, “ we have been on work since morning along with beacon personals and all efforts are made to make highway open” but he added that constant heavy snowfall hamper the work”
Mughal road that connects Srinagar to Poonch is closed for vehicular traffic due to heavy snow accumulation at Peer Ki Gali. Leh road at Zojila pass has also been closed for the winter months.
Temperatures at most of the places in Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh dipped sharply and the mercury has also gone below 0.
Gulmarg, recorded minus 5.5°C temperature, and around 2ft of fresh snow has accumulated. Pahalgam, the famous resort in Kashmir recorded minus 0.4°C temperature and 6-inch fresh snowfall.
The other measures taken to safeguard the locals or travelers living in the valley, the administration took some mandatory steps after receiving the alert from IMD.
Control rooms are established at all district headquarters. The emergency phone numbers are circulated among people by the administration. In case of emergency, they can contact authorities with this help.
Around 30 snow clearance machines are ready to clear the snow on city roads, especially those that reach the hospitals and airports, and other essential service departments. This step was taken by the municipality.
Man and machinery are also kept intact in other parts of the Kashmir valley to clear the snow and provide help to people. The employees of the waterworks and power development department are told to be present round the clock for emergency works.
The army and police have kept their teams ready in case the administration needs their assistance. The disaster management team was also kept ready to handle any unfortunate event.