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PHOTOS: Kashmir witnesses heaviest snowfall on New Year's Eve

December 31, 2013 19:54 IST

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar

People of Kashmir on Tuesday woke up to a white snow blanket as the Valley and its adjoining areas received the season’s heaviest snowfall.

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Image: Tourists play in snow in Srinagar on Tuesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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The snowfall began around midnight on Monday and continued till late in the afternoon on Tuesday without any let up.

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Image: Vehicles move sluggishly during heavy snowfall in Srinagar on Tuesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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The snowfall threw life out of gear across the Valley as the roads turned slippery making vehicular and pedestrian movement precarious.

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Image: People walk on a snow covered bridge during heavy snowfall in Srinagar on Tuesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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The slippery condition on the roads led to traffic disruptions and caused numerous road accidents.

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Image: Vehicles move slowly during heavy snowfall in Srinagar on Tuesday
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The snowfall closed Kashmir’s lone connecting highway, the strategic Srinagar Jammu national highway, and shut all air traffic for the day as no flights could land here because of low visibility and the accumulation of snow on the tarmac.

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Image: Srinagar Municipal Corporation workers clear snow on the roads on Tuesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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The snowfall has led to power outages, further deteriorating the worst-ever power crisis in the Valley.

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Image: People walk during heavy snowfall in Srinagar on Tuesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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Though the state authorities pressed into service snow clearing machines, however, because of the continuous snowfall the inter-city and inter-district transport was highly affected.

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Image: A train moves on snow-covered tracks during heavy snowfall in Kashmir on Tuesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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While majority of the people were adversely affected by the snowfall, it brought cheer to the visiting tourists and people connected with the tourist trade at health resorts particularly at the ski resort of Gulmarg.

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Image: A man walks under snow-covered trees during heavy snowfall in Srinagar
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The snowfall was ominous for the people who had planned the New Year celebration in the Valley.

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Image: Children play in the snow during heavy snowfall in Srinagar on Tuesday
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Hundreds of tourists have thronged to Gulmarg on the New Year’s Eve and they are overjoyed as the snowfall opens up their chances of indulgence in variety of winter sports on offer at the health resort which include skiing, sliding, snow biking and Gandola rides.

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Image: A man clears snow on the roof of a houseboat on Dal Lake on Tuesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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The roofs of the houses had to be cleared of the snow in Srinagar and other towns to prevent them from getting snowed in.

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Image: Trucks stranded outside Srinagar during heavy snowfall on Tuesday
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However, the snowfall added to the charm at the famous Dal Lake where the roof tops of the houseboats had a thick covering of snow.


Image: A snow cutting machine clears snow on the Jammu Srinagar highway on Tuesday
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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