First major snowfall disrupts life in Srinagar-Kashmir

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Srinagar, Feb 5: Normal life was today thrown out of gear here following first major snowfall since last evening.

It was heavily snowing in the summer capital and its adjoining areas. The upper reaches also experienced heavy snowfall.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the Jammu and Kashmir today experienced about one feet snowfall, the first major snowfall of this season which totally disrupted normal life.

Tree, roof tops, electric polls and roads were covered under a blanket of snow affecting telecommunication, traffic movement and electricity.

Attendance in the government and semi-government offices was effected as employees could not make up to their offices because of snowfall.

However, the authorities have pressed into service machines to clear the snow from the roads. People in many areas alleged that snow was cleared from main roads only.

The snowfall has damaged some electric polls also.

The upper reaches in the Kashmir valley also experienced heavy snowfall.

Pahalgam, most attractive tourist destination on south Kashmir and base camp of Amarnath cave shrine, was the coldest in the world after the minimum temperature was recorded at minus 1.8 degree Celsius.

Kulgam, also in south Kashmir recorded minus 0.3 degree this morning.

Batote and Banihal on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway recorded minus 0.7 and minus 0.4 degree respectively this morning.

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