Landslides triggered by rain and snowfall in the Kashmir Valley have claimed a four-year-old’s life and thrown road, rail and air traffic haywire. Adverse weather has also led to power failures, waterlogging and traffic snarls, with people alleging that the state government failed to restore normalcy.
While rainfall started from Sunday night, snowfall began Monday morning.
Police sources said the child and her mother were caught in a landslide triggered by snowfall in South Kashmir’s Awantipora Sunday evening. The four-year-old was killed and her mother injured in the mishap, said police. Landslides also blocked the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
National Highway SP Sanjay Kotwal told The Indian Express that nearly 1600-1700 vehicles are stranded on the highway due to a “number of landslides”. “Of these stranded vehicles, 60 per cent are commercial while rest are passenger vehicles,” he said, adding that about 600-700 trucks on way to Kashmir are among those stranded.
Kotwal added that it is unlikely that the highway would reopen on Monday as it was continuously raining. He added that arrangements are being made to provide food items to the stranded passengers.
Due to snowfall, train services remained suspended.
Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers were stranded after all scheduled flights operating to and from Srinagar international airport remained cancelled on Monday. “All the 14 flights scheduled for the day were cancelled due to bad weather,” an official of Airport Authority of India said.
MET director Sonam Lotus said, “We are expecting a change in weather from tomorrow,” he said. Local residents complained that administration failed to restore electricity and clear waterlogging. “Just few inches of snow and the administration seems to be in a slumber,’’ said Sabzar Ahmad, resident of old city.