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IN PICS: Heavy snowfall shuts down Kashmir

Last updated on: January 18, 2013 21:51 IST

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

Kashmir valley received the season's heaviest snowfall on Friday, throwing life out of gear and severing its road and air links with rest of the country.

Authorities have also rushed police teams to rescue nearly 60 villagers from the avalanche prone Waltingoo Nar area of south Kashmir Kulgam district.

All photographs: Umar Ganie

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Image: A view of the snow covered Srinagar city after the heavy snowfall


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The snowfall which began late Thursday afternoon continued through most parts of the night and Friday leading to the valley being covered with a thick white blanket.

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Image: A taxi driver cleans snow from his taxi

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Though the authorities were already on an alert, the valley was plunged into darkness as snow snapped power lines.

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Image: A girl walks on a snow covered pathway

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Power has now been restored in parts of capital city and other towns yet major parts of the valley are still without power.

The power disruption has affected the supply of portable water and households were kitchen appliances are subservient to the power supply.

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Image: Workers clear footpaths after the heavy snowfall

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Early on Friday morning authorities pressed into service snow clearing machines to clear the main thoroughfares of the snow which helped in restoration of traffic.

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Image: A snow clearance machine at work

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The government has set up control rooms in the valley and in winter capital Jammu to deal with the situation following the heavy snowfall.

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Image: Stranded trucks at the Srinagar-Jammu highway

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According to an official statement, Kashmir valley has been divided in to three zones in which 91 heavy to medium size snow clearance machines have been pressed into service to clear the roads. The local MET office has predicted clear weather from Saturday.



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