Dozens of villages near LoC remains cut off due to snow

Dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), remained cut off with their respective district and tehsil headquarters due to fresh snowfall in north Kashmir since Sunday night.

The Sadhna top, Z-Gali and Phirkiyan pass remained closed due to moderate to heavy snowfall since Sunday night, official sources told UNI on Tuesday.

The road between Bandipora to border town of Gurez also remained closed due to accumulation of snow, particularly at Razdan top. There was fresh snowfall during the past 36 hours, a

Police Control Room (PCR) official said over phone from Bandipora. The road is likely to reopen in March or April, he said.

Roads from Kupwara to border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machil, Tangdhar and dozens of other far-flung and remote villages, including those near LoC, also remained closed.

There was fresh snowfall since Sunday night, a PCR official told UNI from Kupwara. He said about six inches to one feet of fresh snowfall had accumulated at Z-Gali, Phirkiyan pass and Sadhna top, where 11 people, including Border Roads Organisation (BRO) officer, were killed in a snow avalanche in January this year.

Meanwhile, authorities have issued high degree avalanche warning for Baramulla, Gulmarg, Kupwara, Chowkibal, Tangdhar, Phurkian, Z Gali, Bandipora, Kanzalwan, Gurez sector.


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