Up to date: November 16, 2020 4:17:45 pm
The Jammu-Srinagar Nationwide Freeway, the one all-weather street connecting Kashmir with remainder of the nation, was closed for visitors on Monday following snowfall round Jawahar Tunnel and landslides from the hillocks at a number of locations in Ramban district, officers mentioned.
The alternate hyperlink between the valley and remainder of the nation, Mughal Highway, additionally remained closed for the third day as excessive altitude areas skilled snowfall, whereas plains of Jammu and different components had been lashed by rains since Sunday afternoon, the officers mentioned.
The snowfall began round Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to the Kashmir Valley, late Sunday night and was persevering with intermittently, forcing authorities to droop the visitors on Jammu-Srinagar Nationwide Freeway as a result of slippery situation of the street, the officers mentioned.
Nonetheless, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) which is sustaining the street stretch between Zig-Banihal, together with the Jawahar Tunnel space, have pressed its males and machines to clear the street.
The Nationwide Freeway Authority of India (NHAI), which is liable for street upkeep, has deployed its workforce to clear the street however the incessant rains hampered the clearance operations, the officers mentioned, anticipating the street to reopen for visitors later within the day.
The officers mentioned the Mughal Highway, connecting the dual districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu area with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, remained closed for the third day in view of heavy snowfall in Peer Ki Gali and adjoining areas.
The snow clearance operation is more likely to begin later within the day given the prediction of enchancment in climate from this afternoon, they mentioned.
Experiences of snowfall from excessive altitude areas had been obtained from Ramban, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri and Udhampur districts, whereas the plains together with Jammu metropolis had been lashed by rains since Sunday, ending over two-month-long dry spell within the area.
A Meteorological Division official mentioned the best 37.4 mm of rainfall was recorded in Banihal through the previous 24 hours ending 8.30 am Monday, adopted by 35 mm in Katra city, the bottom camp for the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine.
Jammu metropolis recorded 26.6 mm of rainfall throughout the identical interval, whereas the freeway city of Batote recorded 33.6 mm of rainfall.
After the snowfall, Banihal was the coldest recorded place in Jammu area with a low of 0.2 levels Celsius, the official mentioned, including that Katra recorded a minimal of 9.2 levels Celsius and Jammu 12.6 levels Celsius.
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