SRINAGAR SHIV­ERS AT -5.7 DE­GREES CEL­SIUS, HIGH­WAY RE­MAINS BLOCKED

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SRINAGAR/JAMMU/BHADARWAH/ SHIMLA: Cold wave con­di­tions re­turned to Kash­mir val­ley as the min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures on Fri­day night plunged sev­eral de­grees be­low freez­ing point, re­sult­ing in for­ma­tion of black ice on the roads and ham­per­ing the move­ment of traf­fic, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

Srinagar recorded a low of mi­nus 5.7 °C on Fri­day night, reg­is­ter­ing a drop of nearly five de­grees com­pared to the pre­vi­ous night, an of­fi­cial at the Met de­part­ment said.

The Jammu-srinagar na­tional high­way re­mained closed for the fourth con­sec­u­tive day on Satur­day as ef­forts were on to re­store the road, of­fi­cials said. Men and ma­chin­ery were put in place to clear the land­slides at nearly a dozen places be­tween Ram­ban and Bani­hal, while the snow clear­ance op­er­a­tion around Jawa­har Tun­nel in Kul­gam district was go­ing on at war foot­ing, in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (traf­fic) Alok Ku­mar told PTI.

The In­dian Air Force (IAF) also launched spe­cial sor­ties to air­lift stu­dents, civil­ians and tourists, who were stranded due to the clo­sure of Jammu-srinagar na­tional high­way.

“The IAF came into as­sis­tance of GATE as­pi­rants, lo­cals and tourists, who were stuck in Srinagar due to bad weather and clo­sure of the high­way,” de­fence spokesper­son said.

KUL­GAM AVALANCHE: AN­OTHER BODY FOUND

The body of a po­lice­man, who was miss­ing fol­low­ing an avalanche near Jawa­har Tun­nel in Kul­gam district two days ago, was found on Satur­day, tak­ing the death toll in the in­ci­dent to eight, po­lice said. Mean­while, on the di­rec­tions of gover­nor Satya Pal Ma­lik, the gov­ern­ment on Satur­day an­nounced an ex-gra­tia of ₹5 lakh each for the kin of those killed in snow avalanches and shoot­ing stones at var­i­ous places across the state dur­ing the re­cent snow­fall.

SNOW DAM­AGES OVER 50% FRUIT OR­CHARDS IN BHADARWAH

About 50% fruit or­chards were dam­aged due to re­cent snow­fall in the val­ley and ad­join­ing ar­eas in Doda district of Jammu and Kash­mir, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said. “Nearly 50% fruit trees have suf­fered ir­repara­ble losses in the lat­est snow­fall,” Bhadarwah hor­ti­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Ro­han Ku­mar said, quot­ing pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from the field staff.

HP GETS MORE SNOW

Hi­machal Pradesh’s re­ceived more snow­fall on Satur­day lead­ing to a drop in tem­per­a­tures by sev­eral notches. A spokesper­son said ser­vices of state-run buses in up­per Shimla, Chamba and Kin­naur dis­tricts were still ham­pered after Wed­nes­day’s heavy snow­fall.

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