Meanwhile, the border town of Keran remained cutoff from its tehsil and district headquarter in Kupwara for the third successive day.
“Dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including Machil, Kernah and Tanghdar, were again cutoff from rest of the valley following fresh snowfall and incessant rain since late last night,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, told UNI over the phone.
He said Z Gali, which connects the border town of Machil with tehsil and district headquarter in Kupwara, received about a foot of fresh snowfall overnight. “Kupwara-Karnah road was closed as a precautionary measure following incessant heavy rain since late last night,” he said.
He said traffic on Kupwara-Keran road was suspended on Tuesday morning after a landslide due to incessant rain. “Road clearance operation on Kupwar-Machil and Kupwara-Keran roads will start after the improvement in the weather condition,” he added.
An official of the Police Control Room (PCR) from Bandipora told UNI that traffic was again suspended to the border town of Gurez and adjoining areas on Thursday after resuming on Wednesday. “Razdan pass and adjoining areas on Bandipora-Gurez road received heavy rain and fresh snowfall since late last night following which the traffic was suspended as a precautionary measure on Thursday,” he said.
Traffic on the Bandipora-Gurez road had resumed on Wednesday after remaining closed for four days due to snowfall on Saturday. Gurez, which is surrounded from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, and other adjoining villages, including those near the LoC, were on April 10 reconnected with district headquarters Bandipora in north Kashmir after remaining cut off for over four months due to the accumulation of snow, avalanches and slippery conditions.