Heavy untimely snowfall has thrown life out of gear in Jammu and Kashmir. Main road links are blocked and there is absolute breakdown of power supply in the Valley. Apple growers are badly hit and thousands of apple trees have been covered with thick snow.
Most part of Kashmir remained powerless since Saturday snowfall has also led to cancellation of several flights from Srinagar Airport. Airport officials announced a list of the cancelled flights and diverted flights to Jammu Airport on their official Twitter handle.
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was opened for one-way traffic this afternoon, a day after it was closed due to heavy snowfall and landslides, officials said.
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, on Sunday tweeted, “Massive damage to apple trees. This will further cripple an economy that is already distressed.” He has requested the Governor to ask his officers to assess the damages and help the apple growers.
A nine-year-old girl was killed and three members of a nomadic family were injured when a landslide struck their tent in Rajouri District, a police official said.
According to reports, a Bakarwal family had set up a tent accommodation at Chatyar village near a shrine which came under a landslide set off by continual rains at around 11.30 PM on Saturday. Shabina Kousar died on the spot, while three members of her family were critically injured and were taken to a hospital.
Meanwhile, after an unprecedented Valley-wide breakdown electricity supply was restored in 90 per cent areas of Srinagar and in nearly 70 per cent rural areas.
The Valley was plunged into darkness on Saturday following the heavy snowfall, affecting even Srinagar’s hospitals.