Srinagar: Indian Army and J&K Police have rescued 140 people, who were stranded on the historic Mughal road for the past three days due to heavy snowfall and landslides. All those rescued were immediately taken to an army camp in Surankot where they were provided foods and amenities including beds.
A senior traffic police officer on Saturday said that heavy snowfall was recorded at the Peer Ki Gali along the Mughal Road during the past two days. The road connects Bafliaz, a town in the Poonch district, to Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Poonch: 140 persons who were stranded at Mughal road following heavy rain & snowfall in the region, rescued by Indian Army and Police last night. Rescued people were taken to transit an army camp in Surankot & were provided foods & beds. #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/KeG2WUsiIw
According to reports, thirty passengers from eight passenger vehicles were rescued in the night of November 1 and 2. While authorities rescued around sixty truckers on Friday noon, 67 truckers were rescued on Friday night.
The rescue operation was conducted under the supervision of SSP Poonch Rajiv Panday. Owing to the bad weather condition, trucks remain trapped in certain areas. Panday stated that while some trucks were en-route to Jammu, others were moving towards Srinagar. Authorities were informed to take appropriate steps for the snow clearance.
An official of the Traffic Department said that the overnight rainfall had caused severe landslides between Digdoll and Ramsoo, thus blocking the highway.
To facilitate smooth movement of vehicles, the traffic on the highway plies alternatively from Jammu and Srinagar since early last month. Director State Meteorological department, Sonam Lotus, forecast dry weather for two to three weeks from November 5.
“The inclement weather is likely to persist till the next 24 hours before significant improvement from tomorrow. Moderate to heavy snow was reported on higher reaches over the past couple of days,” he added.
(With Agency inputs)