Cold wave intensify in Kashmir due to snowfall and rains

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Srinagar, Oct 15 (UNI) Cold wave conditions in the Kashmir valley intensified due to heavy snowfall on upper reaches and rains in the plains, including the summer capital Srinagar, disrupting normal life.

However, the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu and 434-km-long Srinagar- Leh national highways remained open despite heavy rains at several places.

A report from world famous ski resort of Gulmarg said upper reaches in the entire sector had received snowfall.

The ski slopes at Khilanmarg, Affarwat, Alpatheri and Kongdori had turned white due to snowfall since yesterday. It was still snowing, it said.

However, Gulmarg had very heavy rains with icy cold winds sweeping the entire belt. There is possibility of snowfall later in the day, the report said.

The cable car, connecting Gulmarg with Affarwat, suffered heavy losses as the number of tourist arrival was almost zero now.

Not even locals are visiting the tourist spot, which otherwise remained crowded during this period of the year, mostly tourists from West Bengal.

A report from Pahalgam said heavy snowfall was recorded at holy Amarnath shrine and its periphery besides at Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Panjtherni since yesterday.

Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave also received snowfall since early this morning.

However, proper Pahalgam had heavy rains, much to the disappointment of tourists who had arrived there in two buses from Srinagar. The tourists remained confined in their buses because of heavy rains, a hotel owner told UNI over phone.

Reports of snowfall were also received from other upper reaches in the valley. However, plains were lashed by heavy rains, disrupting normal life.

Srinagar city and its adjoining areas received heavy rains since last evening, resulting in severe cold, disrupting normal life.

Despite construction of drains at a cost of crores of rupees in the city, majority of roads were overflowing, making the movement of people almost impossible.

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