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07 Feb 2019 | 12:33 PM UTC

India: Transportations disrupted in Jammu & Kashmir due to heavy snowfall Feb.7

India News Alert

Heavy snowfalls cause significant transportation disruptions in Jammu-Srinagar February 7; flights operations suspended at Srinagar airport

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/7/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION India

Event

As of Thursday, February 7, poor visibility and heavy snowfall have prompted airport authorities at Srinagar International Airport (SXR) to suspend all flights operations until further notice. The Jammu-Srinagar highway also remains closed for the second consecutive day, due to landslides on the Ramsoo-Ramban area. Further disruptions are possible in the coming hours and days.

Context

The winter season spans from November to mid March in Jammu & Kashmir state. Temperatures in the capital Srinagar, usually fall far below 0°C (32°F) and maximum temperatures usually remain below 10°C (50°F). During the winter season, heavy snowfalls often lead to significant transportation disruptions with roads and highways unpassable. In January, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for a few days due to heavy rainfall and snowfall, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded.

Advice

Individuals in Jammu & Kashmir capital city are advised to monitor local weather forecasts, prepare for lingering transportation disruptions, and confirm flight reservations. As a reminder, individuals present in Kashmir are advised to exercise caution while driving, monitor developments to the situation, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.

 

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