Snowfall: Trail of death, destruction across Kashmir;
Nov 8: Early snowfall, one of the heaviest in
recent years, has left a trail of death and destruction in Kashmir.
More than nine people including two army
soldiers have been killed and property worth more than Rs 100 crore has been
damaged due to the snowfall.
Two porters, Zahoor Ahmad and Manzoor Ahmad
were killed when they came under a snow avalanche at Jhumgund village of
Thehgam in Kupwara district on Thursday morning.
In a separate incident, Manzoor Ahmad, a
resident of Shalimar died when a branch of Chinar fell on an auto rickshaw that
he was travelling in, near Naseem Bagh-Hazratbal on Thursday afternoon. The
auto rickshaw driver suffered grievous wounds in the incident.
Officials said a civilian was killed when
he fell from a rooftop while clearing snow in Lassipora area of Pulwama
district. Another civilian Mohammad Subhan died when ceiling of his home caved
in during snow clearance at Beerwah in Budgam district. In a similar incident,
Parvena Akhtar died when ceiling of her house caved in at Kulgam. Officials
said Abdul Rashid Sheikh died when he came under a tree branch in Budgam
Two army men were also killed on Wednesday
evening when their vehicle skidding-off the road due to snow in north Kashmir’s
Snowfall has also left a trail of
destruction with power infrastructure suffering the maximum brunt. Chief
Engineer, Power Development Department (PDD), Kashmir Hashmat Qazi said
snowfall has caused heavy damage to transformers, electric poles and wires
across the valley.
“We are making assessment of the exact
losses. We are making all efforts to restore power supply. It will take some
time to restore electricity across the valley,” he said.
For the last 36 hours, Kashmir has plunged
into darkness as power transmission and distribution lines have suffered
extensive damages due to snow.
An official at divisional commissioner
Kashmir’s office put the loss at Rs 100 crore due to the snowfall. “Divisional Commissioner has asked deputy
commissioners to carry out the assessment of the losses in their respective
districts,” he said.
For the last 36 hours, Kashmir has remained
cut off with rest of the world as air traffic remained suspended and
Srinagar-Jammu highway blocked due to the snowfall.
traffic is suspended since Thursday,” said an official at Srinagar
An official of Traffic Police Department
said that government has deployed men and machinery to clear the Srinagar-Jammu
highway. “If weather permits, traffic may be restored on Srinagar-Jammu National
Highway by Saturday evening,” he said.
Road connectivity remained adversely
affected in Srinagar and other districts as authorities failed to clear snow in
most places of the valley.