Snow causes power outages across Valley
Jammu & Kashmir

Snow causes power outages across Valley

Unprecedented power outages plunged the Kashmir Valley into darkness, with authorities on Sunday blaming Saturday's heavy snowfall for the disruption.

The valley witnessed snowfall in November for the first time since 2009.
The Chief Engineer Electric Maintenance Kashmir, Mr. Hashmat Qazi, said the power outage was caused by the breakdown of major supply lines due to the fall of foliage laden branches on the supply lines.

'Due to disruption of transmission lines, our supply has come down to 80 megawatts instead of the usual 1,300 megawatts of routine supply,' Mr. Qazi said.

The entire manpower of the power development department is working on restoration of the transmission lines and grid stations.

Air and surface links between the Valley and the rest of the country also remained suspended.

Poor visibility forced suspension of flights from Srinagar since Saturday afternoon while heavy snowfall in the Jawahar Tunnel area closed the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

Snowfall has also closed the Srinagar-Leh highway and the Mughal Road that connect the valley with the Ladakh region and the Rajouri district of the Jammu division respectively.

The snowfall has also worried students who are appearing for board exams in Doda, Bhaderwah and Kishtwar, however, it has brought cheers to farmers.

Inter district traffic was also affected as snow accumulation on the roads caused slippery conditions.

Authorities said nearly 500 people were rescued who had been caught in heavy snow in Peer Ki Gali on the Mughal Road and the Jawahar Tunnel area of Srinagar-Jammu highway.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperatures across the Kashmir Valley dropped below the freezing point, with Srinagar recording this season's coldest night at minus 0.4 degrees Celsius. The weather is expected to improve from Sunday onwards.