Bad weather continues to disrupt air, surface traffic; missing soldiers untraceable

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By Fast Kashmir on 13/12/2017.


Srinagar, Dec 13: Amid inclement weather, the air and surface traffic in Kashmir remained disrupted today for the second consecutive day while five army soldiers who had gone missing in Nowgam and Gurez sectors of north Kashmir due to avalanches and landslides are still untraceable.

Officials of the Traffic Police told news agency GNS that Srinagar – Jammu National Highway was closed for vehicular movement from both sides due to snowfall at Jawahar Tunnel and landslides at Marog in between Banihal-Ramban stretch. They however said that debris clearance operation was started at Marog and other areas along the Highway but road remained closed for the traffic.

Meanwhile, the Mughal Road, Srinagar-Leh Road and Bandipora-Gurez roads continue to remain closed after heavy snowfall since last three days. The air traffic at Srinagar International Airport was also suspended due to poor visibility until noon. The inclement weather in Valley since past three days has badly disrupted the air and surface traffic to and from Kashmir.

There was light snowfall in summer capital Srinagar today morning but later weather showed slight improvement. The higher reaches of Valley received moderate snowfall, officials said, adding that overall there is improvement in weather and is expected to remain dry from tomorrow in major parts of the Kashmir. Meanwhile, a medium danger avalanche warning was issued today for some avalanche-prone districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued medium danger avalanche warning valid for the next 24 hours starting at 5:00 pm today. A SASE advisory said medium danger avalanche warning exists for avalanche-prone areas in Baramulla, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kishtwar and Kargil districts of Jammu and Kashmir. People are advised not to venture in avalanche-prone slopes or areas during the warning period,” it said.

Meanwhile, there is no trace of five army soldiers who went missing in Nowgam and Gurez sectors of north Kashmir even as army calls HAWS rescue team for help in tracing these troops. Official sources had told news agency GNS yesterday that an avalanche struck Nani Post of army’s 36RR in Baktoor area of Kanzalwan in Gurez sector during previous night amid snowfall. They had said due to avalanche, three soldiers went missing.

In another incident, a landslide struck Patila Post of Army’s 20 Dogra regiment in Nowgam sector of Handwara in Kupwara district, also during late last night, the sources had said yesterday. The landslide at Nowgam sector left two soldiers missing. While rescue operations at both places were launched but there was no success. The army, according to reports, today called HAWS team from Sonamarg to Gurez for tracing out the soldiers. However, there are least chances of soldiers being alive as more than 40 hours have passed since the tragedy struck them. (GNS)