Kashmir meteorological department issues avalanche threat in higher ridges

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 14:40 hrs

The Meteorological Department of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday announced an avalanche warning after fresh and heavy spell of snow since last two days covered the entire Kashmir valley.

Sonam Lotus, director of the Kashmir meteorological department said due to the persistent heavy snowfall in the valley there is likely to be threat of avalanche in the region and suggested the tourists and the locals not to visit the snow bound areas for next couple of days.

"The higher ridges in particular Kashmir and Ladakh region received moderate to heavy snowfall from yesterday till morning. Now, the weather system is still persisting and because of this weather system, there is always threat of avalanche. Therefore, people living on higher ridges, in snow bound areas like Gurez, Bandipor, Drass, Doda, Kishtiwar and Banihal areas are advised not to venture in these snow bound areas at least for the next two to three days," said Lotus.

The cascading effect of snowfall was also visible in other Himalayan areas like Manali in Himachal Pradesh that was also blanketed in white snow.

The heavy snowfall had blocked many arterial roads in the valley, and hence the traffic was almost crawling. (ANI)

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