Fresh snowfall in Kashmir, Six including 4 Army men died, National Highway closed

wilayattimes (Jammu and Kashmir)

Srinagar:At least six people died in separate snowfall-related incidents in Kashmir.

Two Army jawans were killed in a road accident in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Thursday.

An Army vehicle met with an accident in Langate area of Kupwara on Wednesday night due to poor visibility caused by heavy snowfall, an Army official said.

Also, two army porters and two civilians were dead after being trapped in snow in Kupwara district of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

This is the first snowfall after the onset of winter in the region. The Mughal Road in Rajouri was closed after a snowfall in higher reaches of the Pir Panjal mountains.

Owing to bad weather in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, 11 flights of different private airlines bound to Srinagar and Leh airports were cancelled on Friday.

The picturesque Kashmir is wrapped under a thick blanket of snow for the first time this season. On November 6, Kashmir received snowfall as a fresh western disturbance approached the northern tip of India.

The picturesque J&K and Ladakh were wrapped under a thick blanket of snow on Thursday causing cancellation and delay in flights.

Tourists were seen enjoying the first snowfall at the world-famous tourist resort in Gulmarg & Sonamarg of Kashmir Valley.

Fresh snowfall was also reported from Solang Nullah in Kullu district near Manali, Churdhar in Sirmaur district, Gulba, Koksar in Lahul and Spiti from Himachal Pradesh.

Due to snowfall in Jalori Pass in Kullu, National Highway 305 was closed for commuters.

Over 4,000 vehicles were left stranded as the arterial Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the second consecutive day following heavy snowfall and landslides which blocked vehicular movement at several places, officials said on Friday.

“The national Highway is closed for second consecutive day today due to the accumulation of snow at various places and a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Samroli,” an official said.

“The snowfall will continue till Friday,” said weatherman Sonam Lotus.