Traffic remains suspended to dozens of far-flung, remote areas in Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 23 (UNI) Dozens of far-flung and remote villages — including border towns of Machil, Karnah, Tanghdar and Gurez — remained cutoff for the second successive day from rest of the valley on Friday after roads leading to these areas were closed due to incessant rain and snowfall on Thursday.

Meanwhile, traffic remained suspended to border town of Keran in north Kashmir district of Kupwara for the fourth successive day.

“Traffic remained suspended to border towns of Machil, Kernah and Tanghdar, besides dozens of other far-flung and remote areas for the second successive day as a precautionary measure following intermittent snowfall and incessant rain since Wednesday night,” an official of Police Control Room (PCR), Kupwara, told UNI over the phone.

He said Z gali, which connects the border town of Machil with tehsil and district headquarter in Kupwara, received about a foot of fresh snowfall during the last 48 hours. “Kupwara-Karnah road remained closed as a precautionary measure following intermittent heavy rain since late Wednesday,” he said.

He said traffic on Kupwara-Keran road was suspended on Tuesday morning due to a landslide following incessant rain. “Road clearance operation on Kupwar-Machil and Kupwara-Keran roads will start after the improvement in the weather condition,” he added.

An official of Police Control Room (PCR) from Bandipora told UNI that traffic remained suspended to the border town of Gurez and adjoining areas for the second day due to a landslide, triggered by incessant rain. “Razdan pass and adjoining areas on Bandipora-Gurez road received heavy rain, resulting in a landslide at Chak-Nalla area, following which the traffic was suspended as a precautionary measure on Thursday,” he said.
He said the road clearance operation will be launches once the weather improves as the area is avalanche prone.

Traffic on the Bandipora-Gurez road had resumed on Wednesday after remaining closed for four days due to snowfall on April 17. Gurez, which is surrounded from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, and other adjoining villages, including those near the LoC, were on April 10 reconnected with district headquarters Bandipora in north Kashmir after remaining cut off for over four months due to the accumulation of snow, avalanches and slippery conditions.


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