Air and surface traffic was severely hit as Kashmir Valley on Monday received fresh snowfall. The fresh snowfall however broke the intensity of freezing cold and increased night temperature.A MeT official said the light snowfall started across Kashmir including here in summer capital during night hours and continued till morning hours. He said compared to Srinagar and north Kashmir, the districts of southern Kashmir received heavy snowfall and affected the normal life.Reports said that due to fresh snowfall, the flights to and fro Srinagar were cancelled while only road link between Kashmir Valley and rest of the country, Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, was also closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall until Kud and Patnitop from Valley.Besides Kashmir Valley, the moderate snowfall also occurred in Chenab Valley region of the Jammu Division, causing disruption in road connectivity. The MeT department has predicted more snow and rainfall in most parts of the State in next 24 hours.
According to a statement, Jammu and Kashmir Police provided helping hand in South, Central and North Kashmir by restoring the blocked roads after heavy snowfall in the valley.After heavy snowfall, the roads leading to hospitals and connecting the villages and towns were blocked at different places of the valley. The vehicular traffic, general public and patients were stuck on roads and hospitals. Jammu and Kashmir Police which is always ready to help the public and deal with any situation, swung into action and cleared roads leading to different hospitals, villages and towns in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Awantipora, Budgam, Bandipora, Lolab Kupwara and Qazigund. The roads were cleared and the traffic was made through.In Qazigund, about 75 private as well as public vehicles were stranded at Jawahar Tunnel. After rescuing the passengers including the tourists, police arranged kehwa, meals and blankets for them. The road was cleared and the stranded traffic was allowed to move.(GNS)