Jammu & Kashmir: There has been widespread damage due to heavy snowfall and rain in the state. The Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the second consecutive day. About three thousand vehicles are stuck on the highway.
Earlier, heavy snowfall in the hilly areas and thunderstorms in the plains have damaged many roads including the Mughal road in the first 24 hours. More than 50 transformers have been damaged due to lightning.
In Kathua district alone, 43 transformers have been damaged. In the last 24 hours, Jammu has recorded 32.4 mm and Srinagar 39.4 mm.
Rains at various places in the Banihal-Ramban section of the Jammu-Srinagar highway have caused landslides at five places. As a result, more than 3000 vehicles have been stranded at various places in Jammu, Nagrota, Udhampur, Ramban, Chenani, Batote and Banihal and Kathua. The highway was closed at 5.15 pm on Wednesday due to falling ribs.
At the same time, other mountainous regions of Kashmir valley including Gulmarg, Pahalgam have recorded a significant drop in temperature due to snowfall. Most areas of Kashmir have recorded below minimum temperatures.
According to the Meteorological Department, the plains of the valley, including most parts of Kashmir, received snowfall overnight. The world famous ski resort Gulmarg recorded two feet of snowfall at night. While Pahalgam received 11 inches of snow.