Roads to dozens of far flung, remote villages remain closed due to snow

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Srinagar, Jan 5: Roads to dozens of far flung and remote villages, including near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir remained closed on Saturday due to heavy to very heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours, official sources said.
Meanwhile, a woman died due to cold when a group of over 40 passengers started walking on snow after their vehicles got stuck at Sadhna top yesterday.
Heavy to very heavy snowfall was recorded since yesterday in almost entire north Kashmir, including Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla forcing authorities to suspend all traffic movement as a precautionary measure due to slippery road conditions, sources told UNI this morning.
They said dozens of villages, including near the LoC, were cut off with their respective district and Tehsil headquarters due to slippery road conditions following snowfall.
The border areas of Keran, Karnah, Machil, Teetwal and other villages were cut off with district headquarter Kupwara due to snow, they said adding since there is a warning of avalanches, traffic on these roads will not be allowed until there is improvement in the weather.
Meanwhile, despite warning of heavy snowfall and avalanche,  the authorities allowed traffic on some border roads on Friday.
Official source said about half a dozen vehicles, including four carrying passengers on way to border area of Karnah from Kupwara got stuck near Sadhna top. However, the passengers abandoned their vehicles and started walking on over several feet of snow.
A 75-year-old woman identified as Taja Begum, who was on way to her home in Karnah, collapsed before the passengers could reach army camp. She was later declared dead. Efforts are being made to rescue the stranded passengers to their respective  villages.
The  Razdan top, connecting dozens of border areas, including Gurez, which is surrounded by Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) from three sides, with district headquarter Bandipora remained closed due to about two feet of snowfall yesterday, they added.
Majority of these roads remained closed for six winter months due to heavy snowfall. However, the roads were open as there was less snowfall so far.
Meanwhile, authorities claimed to have stored all essentials, including rice, atta, sugar, kerosene oil, LPG cylinders and medicine for winter months in areas which remained cut off due closure of roads.

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