Srinagar: Fresh snowfall continued on Monday in the Kashmir Valley, throwing life out of gear in Kashmir and other parts of the region. Life came to a standstill as the heavy and untimely snowfall disrupted the flow of traffic and led to power outages in the region.
According to an official from the horticulture department, the heavy snowfall uprooted and damaged many fruit-laden apple trees in Kashmir especially in Shopian district. The officer said on Sunday, “The exact losses can be determined only after a detailed survey but as per conservative estimates fruit worth several crores have been lost due to the snow.”
The trees damaged in the snowfall had also led to the breakdown of major electricity supply, said Hashmat Qazi, Chief engineer electric maintenance Kashmir.
According to a report by Kashmir News Service, J&K Police personnel along with Traffic Police rescued 700 people stranded in the snow hit areas of Jawahar Tunnel and Drass. An official of the Traffic Department said that the overnight rainfall had caused severe landslides between Digdoll and Ramsoo, thus blocking the highway.
Several flights from Srinagar Airport were cancelled and the airport officials had to divert the flights to Jammu Airport due to the snowfall.
All the flights plying from the Srinagar airport were suspended since Saturday afternoon due to poor visibility caused by bad weather conditions.
The Kashmir valley has experienced the first ever snowfall in November since 2009.
(With Agency inputs)