Heavy snowfall cuts off Jammu and Kashmir from rest of India

Children throw snowballs at each other in Kashmir.

Heavy snowfall across Kashmir on Sunday morning led to the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway - the only road link that connects the Valley to the rest of India.

The government, however, seemed prepared for the situation. Kashmir divisional commissioner Asgar Samoon said the closure of the road will not affect the supply of essential commodities to the region.

He said rice, wheat and sugar had already been lifted by the J&K government from Food Corporation of India godowns. Also, the mechanical engineering department had started clearing the snow from the roads.

Srinagar has received eight inches of snow so far, and more is falling. But it did not trip the electricity supply this time.

At places, children could be seen throwing snowballs at each other even though the minimum temperature dipped to minus 3.5 degrees Celsius in the city.

The army's snow and avalanche study establishment issued a medium-danger avalanche warning for the higher reaches of Khilanmarg, Uri, Chowkibal, Tangdar, Keran, Macchil and Gurez sectors.

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