Major highways, roads closed; Weatherman predicts more snow
Srinagar: Several higher reaches of Kashmir including the famous ski-resort, Gulmarg experienced fresh snowfall on Wednesday while the plains including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, received light rainfall, bringing down the temperature further across Kashmir. The weatherman, however, predicted more snow and rains in Kashmir till Friday.
Reports said that snowfall has occurred at multiple places including Gurez, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Machil, Karnah, Tangdhar and other places of Kashmir today.
The plains of Kashmir including Srinagar have received light rainfall today, leading to the plummeting of the maximum temperature further in the Valley.
Director Meteorological department (MeT), Sonum Lotus said that there will be a gradual increase in intensity and distribution of snow or rain as the day progresses with main activity towards evening and night.
“Some places, mainly higher reaches may receive heavy snowfall,” he said, adding that on Thursday, there is a possibility of widespread light to moderate snow and rain in plains of Jammu.
He further added that light snowfall or rains would occur at a few places on Friday.
Moreover, Lotus as per the forecast said that the weather would remain mainly dry from January 14-17.
Pertinently, a fresh Western Disturbance has affected Jammu and Kashmir from today, which would result in light to moderate snowfall in higher reaches and light snowfall in plains as well.
Meanwhile, the fresh snowfall has led to the closure of Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri Road, Mughal Road, Karnah-Kupwara and Bandipora-Gurez roads.
Officials said that the roads have been closed as precautionary measures after the fresh snowfall led to the slippery conditions of the roads.
However, Srinagar-Jammu highway remained open for vehicular movement.
Moreover, Police established Emergency Helpdesk Control Rooms for the general public in order to facilitate them in case of any untoward incident or distress. For any emergency or exigency, general public can also dial 112.
For Bandipora district, the helpline numbers are; PCR Bandipora 01957225278, 9596767430, ASP Bandipora 9596767453, DYSP HQRS Bandipora 9596767440, SDPO Gurez 7006795292, SHO PS Gurez 7006250037, SHO PS Tulail 7780922131, DO Police Post Izmarg 9419991882, SHO PS Bandipora 9596767411, SHO PS Pethkote 9596767415, SHO PS Aragam 9596767421, DO Police Post Aloosa 9596767416, DO Police Post Sumlar 9596767413, DO Police Post Ajas 9596767452, SHO PS Hajin 9596767431 & SHO PS Sumbal 9596767441.
For district Budgam, the helpline numbers include PCR Budgam 01951-255207, 01951-255042, 8082567612, SHO Budgam 9419000538, SHO Magam 9906449794, SHO Khansahib 9596000212, SHO Chadoora 7006411196, SHO Charar-e-Sharief 9797279660, SHO Khag 9419905840, SHO Breewah 7006252476, DO Humhama 6005599737, DO Soibugh 9906000474, DO Narbal 9797626526, DO Waterihail 9419007052, DO Pakerpora 9797985415, Out-Post Hardipanzo 9596203940, DO Mouchwa 9797290222.
For district Kulgam, the helpline numbers include Police Control Kulgam (PCR) 01931260486, 7889786112, ASP Kulgam 9906605555, DySP Hqrs Kulgam 7051510654, SDPO DH Pora 7051510676, SHO PS Kulgam 7051510661, SHO PS Yaripora 7051510662, SHO PS DH Pora 7051510663, SHO PS Devsar 7051510664, SHO PS Qazigund 7051510665, SHO PS Qaimoh 7051510667, SHO PS Manzgam 7051510671, SHO PS Behibagh 7051510669, SHO PS Kund 7051510670, IC PP Frisal 7051510668, IC PP JT 7051510680, IC PP Mirbazar 7051510679.
PCR Srinagar 0194-2477567, 9596222550, 9596222551, PCR Ganderbal 01942416564, 01942416478, 9906668731, PCR Awantipora 01933247369, 7051404001, PCR Shopian 9596768831, 01933-261891, 9596768831, PCR Anantnag 01932-222870, 01932-222100, 9596777669, PCR Handwara 01955262295, 9906767076, PCR Sopore 01954-222312, 01954-225333, 9596773024, PCR Baramulla 01952234410, 01952237830, 9596767768, PCR Kupwara 01955-252451, 9596152621, 7051404938, PCR Pulwama 01933-241280, 01933-241986, 8491942867, 9070123536 and PCR Kashmir: 0194-2506506, 0194-2506507.
Police also appealed to people to avail any kind of assistance by dialing 112. (KNO)