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11 Jan 2019 | 04:16 AM UTC

India: Traffic disruptions due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir region January 10

Heavy snowfall in Jammu & Kashmir state on January 10 leads to traffic disruptions

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Event

On the evening (local time) of Thursday, January 10, heavy snowfall hit the Jammu & Kashmir state, which persists as of Friday, January 11, prompting local authorities to close the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway until further notice. According to the local government, traffic will resume once weather conditions in the area will improve. Flight operations at the Srinagar International Airport (SXR) were, however, not affected. Further snowfall are likely in Jammu & Kashmir in the next 24 hours.

Context

Jammu & Kashmir region is currently under the grip of 'Chillai Kalan', the 40-day winter harshest period, when chances of snowfall are at their maximum and temperatures drop significantly.

Advice

As a reminder, individuals present in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to exercise caution, to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate telecommunication disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. As a reminder, some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.

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