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Avalanche threat: 60 tribal families evacuated in Kulgam

Snowfall led to power disruption in Pulwama, where traffic jams due to accumulation of snow gave a tough time to thousands of commuters, local residents said.

Moderate to heavy snowfall was witnessed in Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam districts in southern Kashmir, according to reports received Thursday.

A report said the plains in Anantnag, Pulwama, Tral, Awantipora and Pampore received light snowfall while the hilly areas received heavy snowfall since Thursday morning and continued till late evening.

All roads leading to the main town remained open, according to official sources.

Snowfall led to power disruption in Pulwama, where traffic jams due to accumulation of snow gave a tough time to thousands of commuters, local residents said.

Electricity was snapped across southern Kashmir following fresh snowfall, groups of witnesses said.

Roads in hilly areas of Shopain, Kulgam and many other areas are still closed, they said.

According to officials, Pulwama received 6 to 9 inch snow, Sangarwani 4 feet, Tral 6-inch and Pampore 8-inch.

Anantnag received 1 feet of snow due to which traffic movement on some roads was affected.

Deputy commissioner Anantnag Muhammad Younis said the road clearance operations are going on.

The adjoining Kulgam district received 16-inch snow while the hilly Waltang Naad received 3 feet of snow.

Deputy commissioner Kulgam Shameem Ahmed said 60 tribal families were evacuated from Waltang Naad to safer zones.

“There were chances of avalanche at Waltang Naad due to which we have evacuated these families and provided them with ration, blankets and other essential items,” Ahmed said.

A source in Kulgam division said out of total 155 water supply lines, 27 are defunct following snowfall. In Qazigund, out of total 43, 1 supply line is defunct, he said.

The Shopian district received 3 feet of snow while its upper reaches like Sedow and Heerpora received four to 4.5 feet of snow. Six to seven feet snow has accumulated on Peer-ki-Gali along the Mughal road.

Several far-off villages in Shopian are cut off from the district headquarters due to heavy accumulation of snow on the roads.

People also complained of water scarcity in Bhat Mohalla, Karewa and Narpora.

Deputy commissioner Shopain Owais Ahmad told Greater Kashmir that men and machinery have been pressed into service to clear the roads.

“Some roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall while as dozens of trees are uprooted at various places. We are monitoring the situation and in case of any emergency, our helpline numbers are with the people,” he said.

Meanwhile, family members and relatives of a pregnant woman who died late Wednesday night at district hospital Pulwama have appealed to the authorities to clear snow on Abhama-Sangarwani road to enable them to take her body to their native village.

Alam Bibi, a resident of Sangarwani Pulwama was evacuated to district hospital Pulwama on Wednesday afternoon. However, she died at the facility.

The family members and relatives of the deceased are stranded in Abhama along with the body.

Sangarwani village is located at the tail end of the district and has reportedly received five feet of snow.

Deputy commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Muhammad Dar said the district administration has made every effort to take the body to Sangarwani but due to heavy snowfall it couldn’t be taken there.

A man died after a snow avalanche hit his residential house in Sanbradi Magam village in Kokernag area of southern Anantnag district on Thursday evening, officials said.

Heavy snowfall left several huts buried under huge mounds of snow in Galibal area of Rafiabad in northern Baramulla district on Thursday, officials said.

Source: Greater Kashmir