Four Buried Alive As Heavy Snow Disrupts Life In Valley

6 February 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: At least four persons were buried alive in an avalanche as heavy snowfall threw life out of gear in Kashmir Valley on Friday, snapping power supply and bringing traffic on the vital Srinagar-Jammu National Highway to a standstill. A snow avalanche struck Z-Gali near Machil, on the line of control in Kupwara district this morning burying alive four persons, they said. The snowfall, which started yesterday across the valley and high altitude areas of Jammu division, plunged most areas of the state into darkness and forced authorities to close the traffic on the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. However, the administration got the snow removed from the roads and restored traffic on the vital Srinagar-Jammu National Highway as a bright sun shone this afternoon bringing respite to residents. The Jammu-Srinagar, closed since yesterday due to landslides, has been reopened to traffic heading towards Srinagar after clearance of hurdles at Panthal, about 170-kms from here, a spokesman of the traffic department said. However, hundreds of vehicles were still stuck on way to Jammu, he said.